Steve Rowson

Assistant Professor

Area(s) of Interest: Biomechanics
Phone: (540) 231-8254
Center for Injury Biomechanics

343 Kelly Hall, 325 Stanger St, Blacksburg VA, 24061


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, 2006
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech,  2008
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering,  Virginia Tech,  2011


  • Injury and Impact Biomechanics
  • Concussion
  • Skull Fracture
  • Sports-Related Injury Biomechanics
  • Protective Design
  • Safety Evaluation Systems


  1. Rowson S, Duma SM, Greenwald RM, Beckwith JG, Chu JJ, Guskiewicz KM, et al. Can helmet design reduce the risk of concussion in football? Technical note. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2014;120(4):919-22.
  2. Rowson S, Duma SM. Brain injury prediction: assessing the combined probability of concussion using linear and rotational head acceleration. Ann Biomed Eng. 2013;41(5):873-82.
  3. Duma SM, Rowson S, Cobb B, MacAllister A, Young T, Daniel R. Effectiveness of helmets in the reduction of sports-related concussions in youth. Institute of Medicine, Commissioned paper by the Committee on Sports-Related Concussion in Youth. 2013.
  4. Rowson S, Daniel RW, Duma SM. Biomechanical performance of leather and modern football helmets. J Neurosurg. 2013;119(3):805-9.
  5. Cobb BR, Urban JE, Davenport EM, Rowson S, Duma SM, Maldjian JA, et al. Head impact exposure in youth football: elementary school ages 9-12 years and the effect of practice structure. Ann Biomed Eng. 2013;41(12):2463-73.
  6. Beckwith JG, Greenwald RM, Chu JJ, Crisco JJ, Rowson S, Duma SM, et al. Head Impact Exposure Sustained by Football Players on Days of Diagnosed Concussion. Medicine and science in sports and exercise. 2013;45(4):737-46.
  7. Beckwith JG, Greenwald RM, Chu JJ, Crisco JJ, Rowson S, Duma SM, et al. Timing of Concussion Diagnosis Is Related to Head Impact Exposure Prior to Injury. Medicine and science in sports and exercise. 2013;45(4):747-54.
  8. Rowson S, Duma SM, Beckwith JG, Chu JJ, Greenwald RM, Crisco JJ, et al. Rotational head kinematics in football impacts: an injury risk function for concussion. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012;40(1):1-13.
  9. Funk JR, Rowson S, Daniel RW, Duma SM. Validation of Concussion Risk Curves for Collegiate Football Players Derived from HITS Data. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012;40(1):79-89.
  10. Duhaime AC, Beckwith JG, Maerlender AC, McAllister TW, Crisco JJ, Duma SM, et al. Spectrum of acute clinical characteristics of diagnosed concussions in college athletes wearing instrumented helmets. J Neurosurg. 2012;117(6):1092-9.
  11. Daniel RW, Rowson S, Duma SM. Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012;40(4):976-81.
  12. Crisco JJ, Wilcox BJ, Machan JT, McAllister TW, Duhaime AC, Duma SM, et al. Magnitude of head impact exposures in individual collegiate football players. Journal of applied biomechanics. 2012;28(2):174-83.
  13. Rowson S, Beckwith JG, Chu JJ, Leonard DS, Greenwald RM, Duma SM. A six degree of freedom head acceleration measurement device for use in football. Journal of applied biomechanics. 2011;27(1):8-14.
  14. Rowson S, Duma SM. Development of the STAR Evaluation System for Football Helmets: Integrating Player Head Impact Exposure and Risk of Concussion. Ann Biomed Eng. 2011;39(8):2130-40.
  15. Crisco JJ, Wilcox BJ, Beckwith JG, Chu JJ, Duhaime AC, Rowson S, et al. Head impact exposure in collegiate football players. Journal of biomechanics. 2011;44(15):2673-8.