Russ Romano, MA, ATC, FAFS

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy
Russ Romano

(323) 442-2900



Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:

Professional Interests
Russell Romano is an Assistant Athletic Director and the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Southern California (USC). Employed by USC since 1993 and promoted to Head Athletic Trainer in 1998, he oversees that athletic medicine program that provides medically-related services to 650 student-athletes, while supervising 14 staff members, and 40-50 student training assistants.
Mr. Romano has a special interest in concussion prevention and management, both at USC and within the NCAA. He works closely with the neurosurgery department at USC in the development and implementation of concussion protocols in athletics.
  • Gray Institute of Functional Transformation, Adrian, MI; Fellow of Applied Functional Science, 2008.
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA; M.A. Biomechanics, 1993.
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA; B.A. Physical Education, 1989 
Selected Publications
  • Sorenson SC, Romano R, Scholefield RM, Schroeder ET, Azen SP, Salem GJ. The Trojan lifetime champions health survey: development, validity, and reliability. J Athl Train 50:407-18, 2015.
  • Sorenson SC, Romano R, Azen SP, Schroeder ET, Salem GJ. Life span exercise among elite intercollegiate student athletes. Sports health 7:80-6, 2015.
  • Sorenson SC, Romano R, Scholefield RM, Martin BE, Gordon JE, Azen SP, Schroeder ET, Salem GJ. Holistic life-span helath outcomes among elite intercollegiate student-athletes. J Athl Train 49:684-95, 2014.
  • Villacis D, Yi A, Jahn R, Kephart CJ, Charlton T, Gamradt SC, Romano R, Tibone JE, Hatch GF 3rd. Prevalence of Abnormal Vitamin D Levels Among Division I NCAA Athletes. Sports Healthi 6:340-7, 2014.
  • Gajawelli N, Lao Y, Apuzzo ML, Romano R, Liu C, Tsao S, Hwang D, Wilkins B, Lepore N, Law M. Neuroimaging changes in the brain in contct versus noncontact sport athletes using diffusion tensor imaging. World Neurosurg 80:824-8, 2013.
  • Romano R, Lu D, Holtom P. Outbreak of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infections among a collegiate football team. J Athl Train 41:141-5, 2006.