EUGENE, Ore. - Grace Golden, a distinguished researcher and instructor in the field of sports medicine, has been selected to receive the University of Oregon's 2012 Becky L. Sisley Award. Golden, a native of Bonanza, Ore., has been an instructor for the University of Oregon's Department of Human Physiology at her alma mater since 2009.
Golden will be presented the award at a ceremony on Saturday, and will be honored at the Oregon-Stanford women's basketball game, which tips off at 1 p.m. that day at Matthew Knight Arena.
"Grace is a most deserving recipient of the prestigious Becky Sisley Award," said Oregon Director of Athletics Rob Mullens. "It is always special when you are able to recognize a high achiever who discovered their passion in a field of study as a student-athlete here at the University of Oregon.
"Grace has held on to that desire for learning since her days as a thrower for the track and field team. We are fortunate that she chose to return home to her alma mater, because now she shares her passion for learning with her students in athletic medicine through her inspired teaching and research."
After graduating from Bonanza High School, Golden became a track and field scholar-athlete for the Ducks. She was a freshman on the 1985 NCAA Championship team and then lettered each of her last three seasons (1986-'88) as a thrower. As a sophomore in 1986, she had a personal-best mark of 44-4 in the shot put in a dual meet against Oregon State, which at the time, ranked tied for seventh in school history. She recorded her PR in the discus, 134-6, as a senior in 1988. Overall, Golden competed in more than 40 meets for the Women of Oregon.
It was during her time with the track program that she found a passion for athletic medicine and embarked on a remarkable professional journey. She is in the midst of a distinguished career in sports medicine that is exemplified by her academic, clinical and teaching accomplishments.
As an Oregon undergraduate, Golden's interest in sports medicine led her to become an athletic trainer and a teacher. She completed the Bachelor of Science degree in 1989, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduation, Golden received a graduate teaching fellowship at the UO to advance her sports medicine expertise and completed the Master of Science degree in 1991.
From there Golden went on to become an instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as working private sector of sports medicine. She then sought to continue her education, and enrolled in the Ph.D program in Exercise and Sport Science at Oregon State University.
During her studies at OSU, Golden worked in the Sports Medicine and Disabilities and Biomechanics laboratories assisting and conducting research in motor control, balance and reflex testing, which ultimately led to her research and dissertation on the mechanics of anterior cruciate ligament injury. Since the mechanism of the common anterior cruciate ligament rupture was not clear, she successfully devised and carried out a unique biomechanics research protocol to test the effect of abrupt changes in running direction on ACL loading.
Before she could complete her doctorate studies, UCLA persuaded Golden to accept a position on its athletic training staff in 2006. But simultaneously as she worked full-time for the Bruins, she continued the task of writing her research manuscript. Golden's dissertation resulting from this endeavor was novel work on ACL stresses. She was successful in defending her Ph.D. dissertation at OSU and in 2007 became Dr. Grace Golden.
She continued her career at UCLA until 2009 when she finally returned to her alma mater. As a vibrant educator in the Department of Human Physiology, she teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and serves as thesis advisor and Research Coordinator for the Graduate Athletic Training Program.
Despite the demands of vigorous and varied career in sports medicine, Golden has maintained a record of continual and extensive volunteer service to her profession as guest lecturer, professional meetings moderator, research manuscript reviewer, grant reviewer, committee member, volunteer athletic trainer for numerous sports events, and many other voluntary contributions. She has also contributed to more than 30 invited research and professional presentations, symposia and publications.
The Becky L. Sisley Award recognizes former women's varsity athletes who have excelled in their profession, been an active member in their community, and have provided support to the University of Oregon and the Athletic Department.