• Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences

About Me

I am a Certified Athletic Trainer with various clinical athletic training experiences ranging from professional football, professional auto-racing, collegiate ice hockey, and more. My primary research interests reside in the area of sport-related concussions. Specifically I am interested in the effects of using physical activity and exercise as a recovery technique.

Why I’m At Mary

The sense of community at the University of Mary is unmatched. It is also a place where students can interact with faculty mentors in a casual environment to build lasting professional relationships.


Petit, K.M., Kuenze, C., Pfeiffer, K.A., Fitton, N., Saffarian, M., Covassin, T (In Press) "Relationship Between Physical Activity Participation and Recovery Outcomes in College-Aged Adults with a Concussion," Journal of Athletic Training.

Zynda, A.J., Petit, K.M., Anderson, M., Tomczyk, C.P., Covassin, T. (In Press) "Removal from Activity Following Sport-Related Concussion in Sex-Comparable Sports from the Michigan High School Athletic Association," American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Tomczyk, C.P., Anderson, M., Petit, K.M., Savage, J.L., Covassin, T. (In Press) "Age-Related Vestibular and Ocular Motor Outcomes Following a Sport-Related Concussion," Journal of Athletic Training.

Anderson, M., Petit, K.M., Wallace, J., Covassin, T., Beidler, E. (2021) "Predictors of Non-Disclosure in Collegiate Student-Athletes," Journal of Athletic Training. 56(2): 157-163

Petit, K.M., Covassin, T., Bretzin, A.C., Savage, J.L., Anderson, M. (2020) "The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool-5 (SCAT5): Baseline Assessments in Healthy Division I Collegiate Student-Athletes," International Journal of Exercise Science. 13(3): 1143

Petit, K.M., Covassin, T. (2020) "Collegiate Athletic Trainers' Perception of Rest and Physical Activity When Managing Athletes with a Sport-Related Concussion," Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 1-6.

Anderson, M., Petit, K.M., Bretzin, A.C., Elbin, R.J., Stevenson-Brown, K., Covassin, T. (2020) "Sport Concussion Assessment Tool Symptom Inventory - Healthy and Acute Post-Concussion Symptom Factor Structure," Journal of Athletic Training. 55(10): 1046-1052.

Covassin, T., McGowan, A.L., Bretzin, A.C., Anderson, M., Petit, K.M., Savage, J.L., Stephenson-Brown, K., Elbin, R.J., Pontifex, M. (2020) "Preliminary Investigation of a Multimodal Enhanced Brain Function Index Among High School and Collegiate Concussed Male and Female Athletes," The Physician and Sports Medicine. 1-8.

Covassin, T., Petit, K.M., Anderson, M. (2019) "Concussion in Youth Sports: Developmental Aspects," Kinesiology Review. 8(3): 220-228.

McGowan, A.L., Bretzin, A.B., Savage, J.L., Petit, K.M., Covassin, T., Pontifex, M.B. (2019) "Acute and Persistent Disruptions to Inhibitory Control following Sports-Related Concussion," Neuropsychologia. 131: 223-232.

Morrison, R., Petit, K.M., Kuenze, C., Moran, R.N., Covassin, T. (2019) "Pre- to Post-Season Changes on The BTrackS Force-Plate in a Sample of Collegiate Athletes," Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 28(3): 1-12. 

Bretzin, A.C., Covassin, T., Fox, M.E., Petit, K.M., Savage, J.L., Walker, L.F., Gould, D. (2018) "Sex Differences in Clinical Incidence, Missed School Days and Time-Loss in Michigan High School Student Athletes: Part 1," American Journal of Sports Medicine. 46(9): 2263-2269.

Covassin, T., Petit, K.M., Savage, J.L., Bretzin, A.C., Fox, M.E., Walker, L.F., Gould, D. (2018) "Sport-Related Concussion Occurrence at Various Time-Points During High School Athletic Events: Part 2," American Journal of Sports Medicine. 46(9): 2270-2276. 

McGowan, A.L., Bretzin, A.C., Savage, J.L., Petit, K.M., Parks, A., Covassin, T., Pontifex, M. (2018) "Preliminary Evidence of Differential Trajectories of Recovery for Cognitive Flexibility Following Sports-Related Concussion," Neuropsychology. 32(5): 564-574.


BS (Athletic Training): University of Wisconsin "Oshkosh, 2014
MS (Athletic Training): Illinois State University, 2016
PhD (Kinesiology): Michigan State University, 2020