Aaron Gray, MD, is a sports medicine physician at MU Health Care. He is board certified in family medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Gray specializes in youth and adult sports medicine and non‐operative treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. His specific areas of interest include stress fractures, overuse injuries, pitching and throwing injuries and soccer medicine. Dr. Gray also is medical director of Human Performance Institute.
Dr. Gray completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of California-Los Angeles, and while there, he was the team physician for men's soccer, baseball, men's volleyball, women's golf and assistant team physician for football. Dr. Gray also has traveled internationally with U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams as a team physician, and he previously was a team physician for Mizzou Baseball and Women's Volleyball. He is currently the medical director of the Integrated Healthcare Team in the University of Missouri Athletic Department.
Education & Training
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
- University of Missouri School of Medicine GME
- Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
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University of Missouri researcher Dr. Aaron Gray is working to keep athletes injury-free.
Gray has an impressive history in sports medicine, which includes traveling internationally as a team physician for U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams. He now specializes in pediatric and adult sports medicine, including non-surgical treatments of musculoskeletal injuries. His specific areas of interest include stress fractures, overuse injuries, pitching and throwing injuries, and concussions.
Gray has investigated new ways of preventing injury and monitoring rehabilitation progress. Among other projects, he has used video game motion-capture technology to screen female athletes for risk of knee injury. He has also worked to educate coaches, parents and student football players on strategies to avoid concussion, as well as when it is safe to return to a sport following brain injury.
Additionally, Gray lends his expertise to programs across campus. He serves as medical director for the MU School of Health Professions’ Athletic Training Program and is an affiliate faculty member of the interdisciplinary Center for Eldercare Technology. He is also medical director for the MU Health Care Human Performance Institute, which aims to optimize health and athletic performance for people of all ages.
Dr. Aaron Gray is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and clinical family and community medicine in the School of Medicine.
- The effect of silicone ankle sleeves and lace-up ankle braces on neuromuscular control, joint torque, and cutting agility. J Orthop. 2020;20:359-366. Cinque ME, Bodendorfer BM, Shu HT, Arnold NA, Gray AD, Summerhays BJ, Guess TM, Sherman SL.
- Early Single Sport Specialization in a High-Achieving US Athlete Population: Comparing National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athletes and Undergraduate Students. Journal of Athletic Training. 2019;54(10):1050-1054. DiFiori JP, Quitiquit C, Gray A, Kimlin EJ, Baker R.
- Do neoprene sleeves and prophylactic knee braces affect neuromuscular control and cutting agility? Phys Ther Sport. 2019;39: 23-31. Bodendorfer BM, Arnold NR, Shu HT, Leary EV, Cook JL, Gray AD, Guess TM, Sherman SL.
- DiFiori JP, Quitiquit C, Gray A, Kimlin EJ, Baker R. Early single sport specialization in a high-achieving US athlete population: comparing National Collegiate Athletic Association student-athletes and undergraduate students. J Athl Train. 2019;54(10):1050-1054.
- Bodendorfer BM, Arnold NR, Shu HT, Leary EV, Cook JL, Gray AD, Guess TM, Sherman SL. Do neoprene sleeves and prophylactic knee braces affect neuromuscular control and cutting agility? Phys Ther Sport. 2019;39:23-31.
- Willis BW, Hocker K, Razu S, Gray AD, Skubic M, Sherman SL, Kurkowski G, Guess TM. Relationship between 2-dimensional frontal plane measures and the knee abduction angle during the drop vertical jump. J Sport Rehabil. 2019;28(4):399-402.
- Sherman SL, Gulbrandsen TR, Lewis HA, Gregory MH, Capito NM, Gray AD, Bal BS. Overuse of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of moderate to severe osteoarthritis. Iowa Orthop J. 2018;38:33-37.
- Thompson SF, Guess TM, Plackis AC, Sherman SL, Gray AD. Youth baseball pitching mechanics: A systematic review. Sports Health. 2018;10(2):133-140.
- Gray AD, Willis BW, Skubic M, Huo Z, Razu S, Sherman SL, Guess TM, Jahandar A, Gulbrandsen TR, Miller S, Siesener NJ. Development and validation of a portable and inexpensive tool to measure the drop vertical jump using the Microsoft Kinect V2. Sport Health. 2017;9(6):537-544.
- Kay MC, Register-Mihalik JK, Gray AD, Djoko A, Dompier TP, Kerr ZY. The epidemiology of severe injuries sustained by National Collegiate Athletic Association student-athletes, 2009-2020 through 2014-2015. J Athl Train. 2017;52(2):117-128.
- Robertson MW, Galloway SJ, Crist BD, Gray AD. Not as straight(forward) as an arrow: Ultrasound use to detect a carbon-fiber foreign body: A case report. JBJS Case Connect. 2016;6(2):e29.
- Gray AD, Cook JL. Return to pitching after Tommy John surgery: letter to the editor. Am J Sports Med. 2014;42(12):NP54.