Samantha Scarneo

Vice President of Sport Safety, Korey Stringer Institute

Department of Kinesiology

Research Overview

Most currently, my research interests have been focused on injury prevention in athletics. Primarily, youth and high school sport safety through the review, critique and investigation of policies and procedures at the state, high school association and high school levels. Proper polices and procedures, including having the appropriate medical staff on coverage for sporting events, is essential to prevent athletes from potentially long term consequences from sport. My current work includes evaluation of the adoption of sport safety policies outlined in best practice position statements by athletic trainers and athletic directors in high schools around the nation. I am also currently involved with a project called the “Comprehensive Safety Initiative” in which we hope to create personalized medicine approaches to policy and procedure changes at the high school level. Additionally, I work to incorporate public health theories, frameworks and models into sport medicine intervention development, with a particular interest in how health behavior affects intervention adoption.


2008-2011 Bachelor of Science – Athletic Training; University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2012-2014 Master of Science – Exercise Science; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
2014-2017 Doctor of Philosophy- Exercise Science; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
2018-Present Post-Doctoral Fellow; Korey Stringer Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Featured Publications

Baracks J, Casa DJ, Covassin T, Sacko R, Scarneo SE, Schnyer D, Yeargin SW, Neville C. Acute Sport-Related Concussion Screening for Collegiate Athletes Using an Instrumented Balance Assessment. J Athl Train. 2018; 58(6): 597-605.

Peckham KJ, DiStefano LJ, Root HJ, Lepley L, Scarneo SE, Trigsted SM, Post EG, Brooks A, McGuine T, Bell DR. The Influence of Sport Specialization on Clinical Measures of Lower Extremity Neuromuscular Control in High School Athletes. Athletic Training & Sports Healthcare [accepted for publication, July 2018]

Scarneo SE, Kerr ZY, Kroshus E, Register-Mihalik JK, Hosokawa Y, Stearns RL, DiStefano LJ, Casa DJ. The Socio-Ecological Framework: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Prevent Sport-Related Death in High School Sports. J Ath Train. [accepted for publication, July 2018]

Scarneo SE, DiStefano LJ, Stearns RL, Register-Mihalik JK, Denegar, CR, Casa DJ. Emergency Action Planning in Secondary-School Athletics: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Current Adoption of Best Practice Standards. J Athl. Train. [accepted for publication, July 2018]

Scarneo SE, Hosokawa Y, Belval LN, Smith DL, Hostler D. Sport and Physical Activity in the Heat: Maximizing Performance and Safety, Chapter 15: Occupational Settings: Considerations for the Laborer. Springer; 2018: 277-290.

Adams WM, Scarneo SE, Casa DJ. Assessment of Evidence-Based Health and Safety Policies on Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics: A Benchmark. J. Athl. Train. [accepted for publication, Dec. 2017]

Adams WM, Scarneo SE, Casa DJ. State Level Assessment of Health and Safety Policies Pertaining to Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics. Orthopedic. Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017:5(9):1-8.

Katch RK, Scarneo SE, Adams WM, Armstrong LE, Belval LN, Stamm JM, Casa DJ. Top Ten Research Questions Related to Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 2017; 88(3):251-268.

Huggins RA (co-chair), Scarneo SE (co-chair), Casa DJ, Belval LN, Carr KS, Chiampas G, Clayton M, Curtis RM, Duffy AJ, Flury A, Gammons M, Hosokawa Y, Jardine JF, LaBella CR, Oats R, Ransone JW, Sailor SR, Scott K, Stearns RL, Vandermark LW, Weston T. The Inter-Association Task Force Document on Emergency Health and Safety: Best-Practice Recommendations for Youth Sport Leagues. J. Athl Train. 2017;52(4):384-400.

Fidler J, McLaughlin P, Bubela D, Scarneo SE, McGarry J, Evanovich J, DiStefano LJ. An Exploration of the Relationship of Body Mass Index with Motor Performance Measures and Quality of Life in Urban Youth. Journal of Childhood Obesity. 2016;1(4):20-24.

Looney DP, DiStefano LJ, Casa DJ, Huggins RA, Denegar CD, Huedo-Medina TB, Curtis RM, Fortunati AR, Root HJ, Scarneo SE, Watters DM, West CA. Training Status Indicators Predict Neuromuscular Control Alterations Over the College Men’s Soccer Season. J Sport Human Perf. 2016;4(3): 1-11.

Scarneo SE, Root HJ, Martinez JC, Denegar C, Casa DJ, Mazerolle SM, Dann CL, Aerni GA, DiStefano LJ. Landing Technique Improvements after an Aquatic-Based Neuromuscular Training Program in Physically Active Females. J Sport Rehabilitation. 2017;26(1): 8-14.

Cook SB, Scarneo SE, McAvoy RM. Physiological effects of an acute bout of shallow water sprinting. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. 2013;7(2):105-115.

Contact Information
Mailing Address2095 Hillside Road, Unit 1110
Storrs, CT 06269