NOCSAE Welcomes New Research Director Kim D. Barber Foss

NOCSAE Research Director Kim D. Barber Foss

Kim D. Barber Foss, PhD ATC brings with her a passion for innovative research and a clear vision for her new role as she succeeds outgoing Research Director, Frederick O. Mueller, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, UNC-CH. Barber Foss has published extensively in the areas of injury epidemiology, biomechanics, and brain injury and has 29 years’ experience as a certified athletic trainer. She is an associate research scientist at the Emory University Sports Performance and Research Center (SPARC), which utilizes a lab-to-field

research approach to sports injury in young athletes. Barber Foss also spent fifteen years as a Senior Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she was involved with biomechanics, epidemiology, and concussion research and was director of the Brain Network Activation Lab.

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The research director position oversees NOCSAE’s Grant Program, which has underwritten more than $13 million dollars in research over the past 50 years. As research director, Barber Foss will chair NOCSAE’s Grant Review Committee, co-chair the Request for Proposal Committee and hold a seat on the Scientific Advisory Committee. Barber Foss has relinquished the NOCSAE board position, which she held for four years as the representative from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), to assume the duties of her new leadership position.

More about Barber Foss

Barber Foss’s further experience includes her role as the coordinator for the National High School Sports Injury Registry, which was a large-scale NATA project. She currently serves on the NATA COPA Analytics and Outcomes Committee.

Barber Foss’s honors include the 2018 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year District 4, 2019 NATA Service Award, 2020 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, and 2020 NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year award District 4.  She was also selected as the 2019 Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Woman of Distinction.

NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, is an independent and nonprofit standards development body with the mission to commission research, establish standards for athletic equipment and encourage the dissemination of research findings on sport injury and prevention. Formed in 1970, NOCSAE is a leading force in the effort to improve athletic equipment and, as a result, reduce injuries. NOCSAE efforts include the development of performance and test standards for football helmets, gloves and facemasks, baseball and softball batter’s and catcher’s helmets, baseballs and softballs, ice hockey helmets, soccer shin guards, lacrosse helmets and facemasks, and polo helmets. NOCSAE is comprised of a board of directors representing stakeholders from a number of groups – including consumer and end users, equipment manufacturers and reconditioners, athletic trainers, coaches, equipment managers, and academic and sports medicine associations. These diverse interests have joined forces in an attempt to arrive at a common goal of reducing sports-related injuries. NOCSAE is a nonprofit, charitable organization supported by individuals and organizations with an interest in athletics. For more information, please visit