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Mike Hadden

Professor of Sport Science and Health Education
Hadden has been at Simpson College since 1997 and is a Professor in the Department of Sports Science & Health Education. He is a nationally certified and state-licensed athletic trainer, as well as being nationally certified in strength and conditioning by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


During his tenure at Simpson, Hadden created the Athletic Training program as Program Director, the Exercise Science program, and co-created the Clinical Health Science program. His interests lie beyond general health, including the biological mechanisms and genetic pathways that alter body function, which leads to more personalized medicine and well-being.

Hadden also enjoys studying concussions, the neuropathological pathways, and the long-term impact of subconcussive hits, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and ALS. He is currently leading a study using saliva as a biomarker for concussions. Hadden has severed on many committees of the Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society and has been an advocate for concussions and keeping athletics safe. Recently, Hadden has been appointed to the Governor's Advisory Council on Brain Injuries and is a member of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Hadden has been a proofreader for several textbooks and has been an expert witness in court cases. Hadden has given numerous presentations and webinars at the local, state, regional and national level, including recently at the Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury in Washington, D.C. His topic included the brain-gut axis and its relationship to sports-related concussions.


Concussions (neurodegeneration)
Sports Medicine
Genomics (nutrigenomics)
Personalized Health


2007: Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Simpson College
2008: Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society (IATS) Educator of the Year
2017: Des Moines Register's Top 15 to Watch in 2017


M.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Administration, University of Kansas, 1997
B.S. in Biology and Physical Education with Emphasis in Athletic Training, Buena Vista University, 1989
ATC: Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer, 1991
LAT: Licensed Athletic Trainer
CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 1998
Certified in Molecular Nutrition and Genomics by the European Nutrigenomics Organisation


Seneff S, Morley WA, Hadden MJ, & Michener MC. Does Glyphosate Act as a Glycine Analogue Contribute to ALS. Journal of Bioinformatics and Proteomics Review. 2016. 2(3); 1-21.

Hadden M & Nelson N. Nonimpact Stress Fractures of the Ulna–A Case Review. Athletic Therapy Today, 1999.