Dawn Emerson, Ph.D., ATC started at the University of Kansas in 2015. She is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Emerson has received several research grants, including funding from the NATA Research and Education Foundation, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the State of Florida Department of Citrus. She has numerous presentations at local, regional, and national conferences and has published in a variety of sports medicine journals.
Dr. Emerson is married to Charles Emerson and they have a daughter, Peyton, and son, CJ.
- Therapeutic Modalities
Dr. Emerson's research expertise is in thermoregulation and fluid balance. Specific areas of interest include sodium imbalance, chronic hypohydration, fluid replacement and nutritional supplements, practical hydration assessment tools, and the role of hydration in energy availability and sport nutrition. Currently, her primary focus is on exertional heat illness risk factors, including medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and how these affect the gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and overall thermoregulation during exercise.
To see Dr. Emerson's work with heat illness in marching band visit: https://today.ku.edu/2018/08/30/ku-leading-study-dehydration-heat-illnes...
Dr. Emerson is an At-Large Director for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation.
She is a medical volunteer at the Boston Marathon.
Selected Awards & Honors
University of South Carolina Athletic Training Program