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Scott Piland

Research Affiliate


  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia
  • M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Valdosta State University


Dr. Piland received his B.S. in Athletic Training from Valdosta State University, his M.A. in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. in Exercise Science: Test and Measurement from the University of Georgia. He is Professor and Director of the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Piland has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for nearly 25 years being clinically active for 10 years across a variety of job experiences. This is where Dr. Piland began his interest in the brain injury of concussion. Since 2003, Dr. Piland has worked with collaborative research groups to better understand the diagnosis, management, and prevention of this injury. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Piland has actively pursued a better understanding of this injury with a focus upon the causal mechanism of concussion and implementation and testing of sport protective equipment designs to mitigate this injury.

Dr. Piland Co-Directs a grant-funded lab which is fully equipped to assess the impact mechanics of blunt impact and has served on multiple occasions as a consultant towards the design and development of sporting goods equipment.

Selected Works


Book Chapters

Gould, T. E., Jesunathadas, M., Piland, S. G., Nazarenko, S. (2019). Mouth protection in sports.

Materials in Sports Equipment (3rd ed.). Woodhead Publishing Limited.

Piland, S. G., Gould, T. E., Jesunathadas, M., Wiggins, J. S., Caswell, S. V. (2019). Protective Helmets in Sports. Materials in Sports Equipment (pp. 71-121). Woodhead Publishing.

Gould, T. E., Piland, S. G., Krzeminski, D., Rawlins, J. W. (2015). Protective headgear for sports.

Textiles for Sports Wear. Woodhead Publishing.



Jesunathadas, M., Gould, T. E., Plaisted, T. A., Edwards, E. D., Piland, S. G. (2020). Describing Headform Pose and Impact Location for Blunt Impact Testing. Journal of Biomechanics, 109. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021929020303468

Lippa, N. M., Krzeminski, D. E., Piland, S. G., Rawlins, J. W., Gould, T. E. (2017). Biofidelic mechanical ageing of ethylene vinyl acetate running footwear midsole foam. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART P-JOURNAL OF SPORTS ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, 231(4), 287-297.

Lippa, N. M., Collins, P. K., Bonacci, J., Piland, S. G., Rawlins, J. W., Gould, T. E. (2017).

Mechanical ageing performance of minimalist and traditional footwear foams. FOOTWEAR SCIENCE, 9(1), 9-20.

Gould, T. E., Piland, S. G., Caswell, S. V., Ranalli, D., Mills, S., Ferrara, M. S., Courson, R. (2016). National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Preventing and Managing Sport-Related Dental and Oral Injuries. JOURNAL OF ATHLETIC TRAINING, 51(10),


Piland, S. G., Ferrara, M. S., Macciocchi, S. N., Broglio, S. P., Gould, T. E. (2010). Investigation of Baseline Self-Report Concussion Symptom Scores. JOURNAL OF ATHLETIC TRAINING, 45(3), 273-278.

Piland, S. G., Motl, R. W., Guskiewicz, K. M., McCrea, M., Ferrara, M. S. (2006). Structural validity of a self-report concussion-related symptom scale. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 38(1), 27-32.

Piland, S. G., Motl, R. W., Ferrara, M. S., Peterson, C. L. (2003). Evidence for the Factorial and Construct Validity of a Self-Report Concussion Symptoms Scale. Journal of athletic training, 38(2), 104-112.


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