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Sport Science Institute Staff

Brian Hainline, MD

Brian Hainline, MD

Brian Hainline, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  As the NCAA’s first Chief Medical Officer, Brian oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development. The NCAA Sport Science Institute works collaboratively with member institutions and Centers of Excellence across the United States.

For over 20 years, Brian has been actively involved in sports medicine.  He co-authored Drugs and the Athlete, and played a pivotal role the development of drug testing and education protocols worldwide.  He has served on the New York State Athletic Commission, the USOC Sports Medicine Committee, and was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section, where he serves as vice-chair.  

Brian has played a pivotal role in the development of health and safety standards in tennis, both nationally and internationally.  He was Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years, and then served as Chief Medical Officer of the United States Tennis Association before moving to the NCAA.  He is chair of the International Tennis Federation Sport Science & Medicine Commission, and oversaw the rollout of international wheelchair tennis competition, a sport for which he wrote the rules of eligibility for both para- and quad-tennis.

Brian is Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine.  

John Parsons, PhD, ATC

John Parsons, a BOC certified and state licensed athletic trainer, is the Director of the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute.  He has spent more than two decades studying, practicing and teaching sports medicine and athletic training. He works alongside NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline to address problems such as concussion, student-athlete mental health and improving systems that track sports injuries.

Prior to coming to the NCAA, Dr. Parsons was a faculty member in the graduate athletic training program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona for 17 years, the last five serving as the director of the program. He earned a bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Marietta College, has master of science degrees in exercise science from the University of Arizona and medical informatics from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a doctoral degree in organizational communication from Arizona State University. Dr. Parsons’ previous patient care experience includes athletic training in the secondary school and clinical settings.

His areas of research interest include healthcare policy, healthcare education, and regulation of healthcare professions, and has written and presented nationally on issues of organizational and management issues in healthcare and healthcare education. He has lectured and published on the related topics of disablement and health-related quality of life in sports-related injuries, and management and education issues involving concussion management.

Dr. Parsons currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation and the Athletic Training Education Journal. He is a past-president of the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association (AzATA), a current member of the BOC Standards committee, and served on the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

Mary E. Wilfert, M.Ed.

Mary Wilfert is Associate Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute. She has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs since 1999 and has worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices.  She serves as primary liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee charged with providing leadership on health and safety recommendations to the NCAA membership.  Mary has worked in the health education field for more than 30 years to empower individuals to make informed choices for lifelong health and success.

Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in in Health Education from the University of Dayton and her Master of Education degree in Community Health Education from the University of Cincinnati.