NFL Long Study | Samuel R. Walton

Sam Walton is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes and the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where his research focus is on long-term health outcomes and quality of life in retired professional (NFL LONG) and collegiate athletes. Sam earned his B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Maine (2008), his M.Ed. in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia (2013), and his Ph.D. with a concentration in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia (2019). His dissertation, “The Physiologic and Psychological Effects of Concussion,” was focused on whole-body metabolic, clinical, and psychosocial outcomes in student-athletes following sport-related concussion. Sam has been a certified athletic trainer since 2008 and has worked clinically in the NCAA Division I setting for 8 years.