Dr. Pexa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Athletic Training in the Congdon School of Health Sciences. Brett received his undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University –Mankato and his Master’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brett completed his PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brett is a certified athletic trainer (ATC), licensed athletic trainer in the state of North Carolina, and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Brett teaches Foundations of Clinical Practice, Evidence Based Practice I and II, Optimizing Athletic Performance, and Musculoskeletal Evaluation. While teaching, Brett emphasizes hands on experiences and encourages students to consider the whole patient when managing, evaluating, preventing, and rehabilitating injuries and illnesses. Brett encourages students to use current research to continually improve their clinical care and foundational knowledge.
Brett also performs research out of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory, where he researches athlete health, wellness, and training loads. Brett’s research aims at understanding how sport participation influences athlete’s injury risk, mental health, and performance outcomes. The goal is to create a comprehensive athlete management system that limits injury risk, enhances subjective well-being, and improves sport performance. Brett works with the HPU athletics teams to develop, implement, and refine these athlete management solutions to have an immediate impact on HPU Athletes. Brett works with graduate and undergraduate students to help foster an understanding and appreciation of research through sports science research.