Jacob E Resch

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia, 2010
  • M.S., South Dakota State University, 2006
  • B.S., South Dakota State University, 2004
  • B.S., South Dakota State University, 2003

Dr. Jacob Resch is originally from Spirit Lake, IA. Dr. Resch completed his undergraduate degrees and Athletic Training and Health Promotions at South Dakota State University before traveling to study and work in London, England. After returning to the United States, Jacob completed his MS in Exercise and Sport Science at South Dakota State while working clinically for Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. Jacob then pursued his Ph.D. in Exercise Science at the University of Georgia investigating current and novel measures of sport concussion and became increasingly involved with the global efforts to expand the profession of athletic training. Following the completion of his doctorate, Jacob obtained an assistant professor position at the University of Texas at Arlington for four years where he taught within the Athletic Training Education Program and conducted research addressing sport concussion in middle school, high school, and collegiate athletes. In the fall of 2014 Jacob and his wife Celestial and son Maxwell moved to Charlottesville where he now serves as faculty of the University of Virginia Department of Kinesiology in the Fall of 2014 where he teaches in the Graduate Athletic Training Program and continues to investigate current and novel measures of concussion as part of the Brain Injury and Sport Concussion Institute. Jacob also serves as an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association International Committee and the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy.

Research Interests


Up to 3.8 million sport concussions are estimated to occur each year in the United States. The CDC suggests that this estimate may only account for 10% of the total number of concussions that actually occur but often go unrecognized, undiagnosed and untreated which may lead to poor outcomes such as prolonged recovery. The ability for clinicians to accurately assess and diagnose concussed athletes is critical. Current recommendations suggest a multidimensional battery of tests is the most sensitive way to assess sport concussion which is neither time nor cost effective. The focus of Dr. Resch's research is to investigate the measurement properties of current and novel clinical measures of sport concussion in athletes at all levels of sport. Dr. Resch's previous studies have addressed the measurement properties of neurocognitive, balance and symptom measures in young and adult athletes. Dr. Resch is currently investigating novel biomarkers inclusive of advanced neuroimaging and biofluids that may provide insight into more efficient and cost effective measures of sport concussion. The goals of Dr. Resch's research include developing a sensitive clinical measure of sport concussion which is time and cost effective and to provide insight into the physiological mechanisms of this injury.

Selected Publications


Eddy R, Goetschius J, Hertel J, Resch J*. (2018). Test-Retest Reliability and the Effects of Exercise on the King-Devick Test. Clin J Sport Med.  doi:10.1097/JSM.0000000000000586.

Walton SR, Broshek DK, Freeman J, Cullum CM, Resch JE (2018). Valid But Invalid: Suboptimal ImPACT© Baseline Performance in University Athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 50(7): 1377-1384.

Resch JE*, Rach A, Walton SR, Broshek DK. (2017). Sport Concussion and the Female Athlete. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 36(4): 717-739.

Resch JE*, Schneider M, Cullum CM (2017). The Reliability of Three Computerized Neurocognitive Tests used to Assess Sport-Related Concussion. doi:10.10.16/j.ijpsycho.2017.09.011.

Resch JE*, Brown CN, Schmidt J, Macciocchi SN, Blueitt D, Cullum CM, Ferrara MS  (2016). The Sensitivity and Specificity of Clinical Measures of Sport Concussion: Three Tests Are Better Than One. British Medical Journal Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 2(1):e000012.