Erik Swartz

Faculty Fellow, Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement & Faculty Development
Co-Chair, Writing Academy
Professor, Department of Kinesiology


Erik Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA is Co-Chair of the Writing Academy and a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost Engagement & Faculty Development. Dr. Swartz is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Swartz received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University, his Master’s at Western Michigan University, and his PhD in Applied Biomechanics at the University of Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Swartz’ research focuses on the prevention and care of head and neck injuries in football and other sport activities. He has received many grants from private foundations, regulatory agencies, and industry and was a winner of the NineSigma Head Health Challenge II, co-sponsored by the NFL, General Electric, and UnderArmour. He has been published in journals including Spine, New England Journal of Medicine, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Athletic Training and Athletic Training and Sports Health Care and is a Fellow and Distinguished Athletic Trainer of The National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Dr Swartz is the creator of HuTT®, the Helmetless Tackling Training Program, used to reduce head impacts in football, and works closely with UNH’s Innovation office on related entrepreneurial and commercialization activities in efforts to translate his innovative research into public implementation.


Scholarly Agenda

  • Safe and Effective emergency medical management of the suspected spine injured athlete
  • Prevention of head impacts and reducing and head and neck injury risk in football

Funding Sources

  • The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Foundation,
  • The National Operating Committee for the Standards in Athletic Equipment,
  • The National Football League (NFL),
  • NFL Charities,
  • General Electric, Co.
  • UnderArmour, Inc.

External Partners

  • Steven Broglio, University of Michigan
  • Jason Mihalik and Kevin Guskieweicz, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Laura Decoster, New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute
  • Retrieve Technologies, Inc