Mary J. Barron
Mary J. Barron
School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Mary J. Barron, PhD, ATC is an Associate Professor, at the George Washington University, Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington D.C. She is also the Undergraduate Exercise Science Field Experience Director and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair. Dr. Barron joined the Department of Exercise Science (now Department of Exercise & Nutrition Science) in July 2009. She has taught many courses through the years, everything from the introductory course, Professional Foundations in Exercise Science, to the undergraduate capstone course, Current Issues in Exercise, Science. Additionally, she served as the chair for two master student theses.
Dr. Barron is a Certified Athletic Trainer, ATC, LAT. Dr. Barron's love of sports and medicine came together in the field of athletic training. It was through her Masters education, and research work on injury rates in American youth football, that she found her passion of working with youth athletes. Dr. Barron has carried this passion through to today. Her goal is to make participating in youth sports safe and fun for all involved.
Bachelor of Science (Biology & Physical Education, concentration in Athletic Training) Longwood College, 2000
Master of Science (Kinesiology/Athletic Training) Michigan State University, 2004
Doctor of Philosophy (Kinesiology/Human Growth and Motor Development) Michigan State University, 2006
Classes currently taught by Dr. Barron
EXNS 1110 - Applied Anatomy & Physiology I
EXNS 1111 - Applied Anatomy & Physiology II
EXNS 1119W - Children and Sport* (writing intensive course)
EXSN 3101 - Independent Study
EXNS 3110 - Field Experience in Exercise Science
EXNS 4110 - Current Issues in Exercise Science
Courses Dr. Barron has taught previously
EXSC 1103 - Professional Foundations in Exercise Science
EXNS 2110 - Prevention and Care of Injury (3 credit course)
EXNS 2110 - Prevention and Care of Injury (4 credit course)
EXNS 2113 - Kinesiology (3 credit course)
EXNS 2113 - Kinesiology (4 credit course)
EXNS 3121 - Medical Issues in Sports Medicine
EXNS 3122 - Athletic Training Practicum II
EXNS 4121 - Athletic Training Practicum III
EXNS 4122 - Athletic Training Practicum IV
EXNS 6998 - Thesis Research
Dr. Barron is an approved instructor for the American Red Cross (a number of different courses). She offers CPR/AED and First Aid courses to those in the Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Department and those interested in the wider SPH. She is also active in local Boy Scout troops (Scouts of America). A few of the merit badges that Dr. Barron offers are: Athletics, First Aid, Health Care Professionals, Personal Fitness, Public Health, and Safety.
My main areas of research interest are:
- coaching education;
- youth sports injury epidemiology; and
- injury occurrence in collegiate athletics.
Below are details on each of these key focal areas, including a list of publications and on-going research.
Primarily, I have focused on increasing knowledge and skills in first aid and injury prevention among youth sport coaches.
Youth Sport Injury Epidemiology
Examined the risk of injury in Youth Athletes playing American Football. Additionally, in conjunction with developing the first aid and injury prevention program for youth sport coaches, I evaluated its effectiveness in reducing injuries among a sample of youth football players. I also participated in studies which examined the etiologic relation between biological maturation and injury occurrence among youth football players.
Injury Occurrence in Collegiate Athletics
Utilizing the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program as a team we have examined the following topics:
- Multifactorial examination of sex-differences in head injuries and concussions among collegiate soccer players: NCAA ISS, 2004–2009
- Trends in Incidence and Severity of Injury among Collegiate Soccer Players in the US: The NCAA Injury Surveillance System, 1990-1196 and 2004-2009.
- Continued Sex-Differences in the Rate and Severity of Knee Injuries among Collegiate Soccer Players: The NCAA Injury Surveillance System, 2004-2009.
- Sex Differences in Head Injuries among Collegiate Soccer Players: NCAA ISS, 2004-2009
Other Areas of Study
- Validation of a Noninvasive Maturity Estimation Relative to Skeletal Age in Youth Football Players.
- Risk of injury related to biological maturity in youth athletes
Jones C, Visek AJ, Barron MJ, Hyman M, Chandran A. Association between relative age effect and organisational practices of American youth football. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2019;37(10); 1146-1153.
Chandran, A, Barron MJ, Westerman BJ, DiPietro L. Multifactorial examination of sex-differences in head injuries and concussions among collegiate soccer players: NCAA ISS, 2004–2009. Injury Epidemiology. 2017;4(1):28.
Chandran A, Barron MJ, Westerman BJ, DiPietro, L. Time trends in incidence and severity of injury among collegiate soccer players in the United States: NCAA Injury Surveillance System, 1990-1996 and 2004-2009. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;44(12):3237-3242.
Fulstone D, Chandran A, Barron M, DiPietro L. 2016 Continued Sex Differences in the Rate and Severity of Knee Injuries among Collegiate Soccer Players: The NCAA Injury Surveillance System, 2004-2009. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;37(14):1150-1153.
Barron MJ, Brant CF, Powell JW, Ewing ME, Gould DR, Maier K. Effects of an Injury Prevention Program on Injury Rates in American Youth Football. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 2014;9(5): 1227-1240.
Barron MJ, Powell JW, Ewing ME, Nogle SE, Branta CF.. First Aid and Injury Prevention Knowledge of Youth Basketball, Football, and Soccer Coaches. International Journal of Coaching Science. 2009;3(5):55-67.
Malina RM, Dompier TP, Powell JW, Barron MJ, & Moore MT. Validation of a Noninvasive Maturity Estimation Relative to Skeletal Age In Youth Football Players. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicin. 2007;17 (5):362-368.
Dompier TP, Powell JW, Barron MJ, & Moore MT.Time loss and non-time loss injuries in youth football players. Journal of Athletic Training. 2007;42 (3): 395–402.
Malina RM, Morano PJ, Barron M, Miller SJ, Cumming SP. Overweight and obesity among youth participants in American football. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2007;151(4):378-382.
Malina RM., Morano PJ, Barron M, Miller SJ, Cumming S., Kontos A.P. (2006). Incidence and Player Risk Factors for Injury in Youth Football. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicin., 2006;16(3):214-222.
Malina R, Morano P, Barron M, Miller S, & Cumming S. Growth Status and Estimated Growth Rate of Youth Football Players: A Community-Based Study. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2005;15(3): 125-132.
Malina R, Cumming S, Morano P, Barron M, & Miller S. Maturity Status of Youth Football Players: A Non-Invasive Estimate. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2005;37(6):1044-1052.
Barron MJ & Powell JW. Fundamentals of Injury Prevention in Youth Sports. Journal of Pediatric Dental Car., 2005;Spring.
Malina M, Barron M, Morano P, Miller SJ, Cumming, SP, & Kontos AP. (2003). Incidence and player risk factors for injury in youth football (American). REVISTA PORTUGUESA DE CIENCIAS DO DESPORTO. 2003; 3(2):12-14.