Leading Sports Medicine Clinical Research
Dr. Mortazavi has been part of three different academic institutions where he has part taken in academics and research in the field of sports medicine, Traumatic Brain Injury, and exercise medicine. He continues to have strong research collaborations with all his former institutions and is an investigator in multiple ongoing research studies. His areas of interest include concussion research, injury prevention, exercise medicine, and cardiac screening in athletes.
Leslie‘s areas of interest include concussion care, musculoskeletal injury prevention and treatment, and health issues affecting female athletes.
Recent Research & Papers We Reference
Concussion in Sport by 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport
Concussion in Sport by 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport
Early Active Rehab for Concussion by Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo
Headsmart Understanding Concussions Guide by South Shore Hospital
Rest and Return to Activity After Sport-Related Concussion by A.T. Still University
SCAT5 Sports Assessment Tool by BMJ
School Accommodations after Concussion from the Journal of Athletic Training
Sideline Emergencies by R. Warne Fitch, MD et al.
Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents by Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness
SPARCC Research Presented at the 2021 AMSSM Virtual Meeting
Mo Mortazavi MD, Tyler Marx BS ,Taylor Konstad BS, Monica Pita ATC, Luke Maes, Kyle Johnson Joseph Demirjian BS, Hunter Korbin, Jaden Bailey PA-C, Leslie Streeter DNP, Jon Minor MD, Brett Dusenberry MD, Arvind Balaji MD, James Dill MD, Hector Rieiro PhD. Subclinical Vestibular Deficits Illustrated In Patients With Exercise Intolerance After mTBI Using Force Plate Protocols. AMSSM Podium Original Research presentation, 2021.
Katelyn Paulsen, MD, Kyle Johnson, BS, Taylor Konstad, BS, Tyler Marx, BS, Jaden Bailey PA, Monica Pita ATC, Arvind Balaji MD, Brett Dusenberry MD, Leslie Streeter DNP, Jon Minor MD, Hector Rieiro PhD, Mo Mortazavi, MD. Late Exercise Tolerance Testing Using Dynamic High Intensity Interval Multidirectional (HIIT-MD) Movement Protocol. AMSSM Podium Original Research presentation, 2021.
SPARCC Research Presented at the 2020 AMSSM Annual Meeting
Harris Ahmed, BS MPH; Nancy Phu BS, Jon Minor MD; Basil Ike BS, Kyle Johnson, Jared Kleiner BS, David Tramatulo BS, Leslie Streeter DNP, Mo Mortazavi MD. Findings And Clinical Utility Of Brain MRI In Patients With Persistent Post Concussive Symptoms. AMSSM Podium Original Research presentation, 2020
Mo Mortazavi MD, Ryan ‘Pete’ Manely DHSc, Prem Kumar Thirunagari, David Tramutolo BS, Nasser Kouchecki, Harris Ahmed MPH, Tanya Polec OD, Jon Minor MD, Hector Rieiro PhD. Microsaccadic Fixational Eye Movements as an Oculomotor Marker for Concussion. AMSSM Podium Original Research presentation, 2020
David Tramutolo BS, Harris Ahmed BS, MPH, Jon Minor MD, Rhett Bushman BS, Nasser Koucheki BS, Prem Kumar Thirunagari BS, Nancy Phu BS, Basil Ike BS, Leslie Streeter DNP, Hector Rieiro PhD, Mo Mortazavi MD. Subtype Classification In Patients With Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms. AMSSM original research abstract, 2020
David Tramutolo BS, Harris Ahmed BS, MPH, Jon Minor MD, Rhett Bushman BS, Nasser Koucheki BS, Prem Kumar Thirunagari BS, Nancy Phu BS, Basil Ike BS, Leslie Streeter DNP, Hector Rieiro PhD, Mo Mortazavi MD. Not All Complex Concussions Are Created Equal: Staging Of Complex Cases With Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms (PPCS) – A New Paradigm. AMSSM original research abstract, 2020
Alexis Richards1, Harris Ahmed, MPH2, Nancy Phu2, Mohammed Mortazavi, MD. A Cheerleader with more than a Compression Fracture. Northern Arizona University1, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine2, SPARCC – Sports Medicine, Active Rehabilitation and Concussion Care3. AMSSM Original Case Report, 2020
Mayes MS-IV, Harris Ahmed BS MPH , Briana Hernandez BS, Mo Mortazavi MD. Cognitive and Physical Deficits Secondary to High G-Force Centrifuge Training Caleb AMSSM Original Case Report, 2020
SPARCC Research Presented at the 2019 AMSSM Annual Meeting
Harris Ahmed MPH1, Morgan Long1, Samuel Richardson1, Mohammed Mortazavi MD. Ophthalmic Pathology in a 16 year old Hispanic Male Concussion Patient (Oral Presentation).
Tyler Marx2, Mohammed Mortazavi MD, Jon Minor MD, Hirsch Handmaker MD3. Near Point of Convergence as a Clinical Predictor for Exercise Tolerance (Poster Presentation).
Julia Howard MHS4, Nitin Prabhakar MD5, Dan Hekmatian2, Jon Minor MD, Mohammed Mortazavi MD. Near Point Convergence and King Devick Test: Predictors of Prolonged Concussive Syndrome? (Poster Presentation)
Katelyn Paulsen2, Mohammed Mortazavi MD, Hirsch Handmaker MD3. Near Point Convergence Predicting Return to Learn (Poster Presentation).
Manpreet Sahnan BS2, Nitin Prabhakar MD5, Jon Minor MD, Mohammed Mortazavi MD. The Relationship Between Academic and Exercise Tolerance in Pediatric Concussion Cases (Poster Presentation).
1. Medical Student at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University
2. Clinical and Research Intern at SPARCC
3. CACTIS Foundation
4. Clinical Researcher at SPARCC and Medical Student at Midwestern University of Arizona
5. Clinical Researcher at SPARCC and Resident at THMEP
SPARCC to Present at the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Conference September 19th-22nd in Scottsdale Arizona.
Read abstracts from the 2019 NORA Conference
Katelyn Paulsen, BFA01; Mo Mortazavi, MD02; Daniel Hekmatian, BS01; Hector Rierio, PhD03; Hirsch Handmaker, MD04 Near Point Convergence as a Clinical Predictor of Cognitive Tolerance after a Concussion Injury
Tyler Marx BS1,2, 2Mo Mortazavi MD, 1,2Daniel Hekmatian BS, 2Jon Minor MD, 3Hirsch Handmaker MD Near Point Convergence as a Clinical Predictor for Exercise Tolerance and Progression Through the 5 Step Active Rehab Protocol
Nasser Koucheki, Prem Thirunagari, Hector Rieiro Ph.D, Tyler Marx, Jon Minor M.D., Tanya Polec O.D., Mo Mortazavi M.D. Microsaccades- The relationship with vestibular dysfunction and prolonged symptoms after concussion
Daniel Hekmatian BS01, Tyler Marx BS01, Julia Howard MS02, Hector Rieiro PhD03, Tanya Polec OD04, Jon Minor MD04, Mo Mortazavi MD04 Pupillometry Measures as a Predictor of Patients that Experience Prolonged Post Concussive Symptoms after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Daniel Hekmatian BS01, Tyler Marx BS01, Julia Howard MS02, Hector Rieiro PhD03, Tanya Polec OD04, Jonathan Minor MD04, Mo Mortazavi MD04 Plateaued Vision Markers: Predicting Prolonged Post Concussive Symptoms Using Near Point Convergence and King Devick Testing
Research in the Community
Smith, Mortazavi, et al. Functional movement screens, gait patterns, and NM control in those recovering from Post Concussive Syndrome
Oakley, Mortazavi, Minor, et al. Quantitation and Qualitative Electroencephalograms (QEEG) testing and the Detection of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Mortazavi, Minor, et al. Exercise tolerance correlation with cognitive tolerance and return to learn stage
Minor, Mortazavi, et al. Correlation of exercise tolerance and vestibular ocular motor symptoms
Mortazavi, Minor, et al. Heart Rate Variability trends and Concussion symptom scores during recovery
Polec, Minor, Mortazavi, et al. Evaluation of an eye tracking protocol testing for oculomotor deficits seen after concussion and post concussion syndrome.
Mortazavi, Minor, et al. Pupillary contraction volumes, speeds, and symmetry in concussed patients
Minor, Mortazavi, et al. Correlation of King Devick and Near Point Convergence with Neurocognitive Impact testing processing speed and reaction time scores in concussed patients
Mortazavi, Smith et al. Functional rehab role in those with Post Concussive Syndrome
Mortazavi, Miller et al. The role of goal oriented concussion action plan in the setting of Post Concussive Syndrome
Klien, Mortazavi, et al. Early VOM and exertional intervention in acute concussion
Mortazavi, et al. Dysautonomia and exercises intolerance in Post Concussive Syndrome
SPARCC Research Presented at 2020 PRISM
Marshall Spiegel JD01, Jon Minor MD03, Nancy Phu BS02, Jared Kliner BS04, Prem Kumar Thirunagari BS04, David Tramutolo DO01, Tyler Marx BS03, Leslie Streeter DNP03, Mo Mortazavi MD03 Self-Reported Severity of Mood Symptoms in Pediatric Patients With Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms (PPCS)
Katelyn Paulsen, BFA; Kyle Johnson, BS; Tyler Marx, BS; Jon Minor, MD; Leslie Streeter, DNP; Monica Pita, ATC; Gaige Braden, ATC; Libby Frino, BS; Erin Peterson, BS; Hirsch Handmaker, MD; Mo Mortazavi, MD THE UTILITY OF A MULTIDIRECTIONAL SUBMAXIMAL EXERTIONAL STEP AS PART OF AN EXERTIONAL REHABILITATION PROTOCOL AFTER CONCUSSION
Prem Kumar Thirunagari BS, Nancy Phu BS, David Tramultolo DO, Hector Riero PhD, Tanya Polec OD, Tyler Marx BS, Leslie Street DNP, John Minor MD, Mo Mortazavi MD. Identifying Trends in Microsaccade Rate on Oculomotor Tracker in Early Vs. Late Stage Pediatric Cases with Persistent-Post Concussive Symptoms (PPCS)
SPARCC Research Presented at 2019 PRISM
Mo Mortazavi, MD01, David Oakley PhD04, Jon Minor MD01, Prem Kumar Thirunagari02, Nassar Koucheki03, Nitin Prabhaker, MD05 FUNCTIONAL NEUROCOGNITIVE DEFICITS AND CORTICAL EVOKED POTENTIALS IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS WITH PROLONGED POST CONCUSSIVE SYMPTOMS. PRISM original research abstract, 2019
Emily Bateman BS1,2, Leslie Streeter DNP2, Jon Minor MD2, Hirsch Handmaker MD3, Mo Mortazavi MD2 INCIDENCE AND PATTERNS OF MENSTRUAL IRREGULARITIES IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS AFTER CONCUSSION. PRISM original research abstract, 2019. Abstract
Katelyn Paulsen BFA1, Mo Mortazavi MD2, Tyler Marx BS1, Dan Hekmatian BS1, Jon Minor MD2, Hector Riero PhD3, Leslie Streeter DNP2, Hirsch Handmaker MD4 NEAR POINT CONVERGENECE PREDICTING STUDENTS’ RETURN TO LEARNING. PRISM original research abstract, 2019.
SPARCC Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Concussion Center in conjunction with the University of Arizona
Mortazavi, Oleskey, et al. Active Rehabilitation Protocol in Treatment of Adolescents with Post Concussive Syndrome, a Clinical Trial.
Mowrey, Mortazavi, etal. Neuropsychiatric Assessment of Adolescents with Post-Concussion Syndrome Before and After the Implementation of a Novel Active Rehabilitation Protocol.
Academic Memberships where SPARCC continues to engage in Research, Academics, and Medical Education
American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
American Medical Society (AMA)
Pima County Medical Society (PCMS)
Arizona Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP)
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ)
University of Denver Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado
Mortazavi. Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes. Advances in Pediatrics. December 2012. Volume 60.
Mortazavi, Provance et al. The Prevalence and Patterns of Athlete’s Heart in Adolescent Athletes: a Review of ECG’s . 11/2011 (abstract accepted CJSM, AMSSM Podium presentation)
Mortazavi, Provance et al. Evaluating the accuracy of ECG screening in young athletes by primary care providers. (Study in progress)
Mortazavi, Provance et al. Cost effectiveness of ECG Screening Program in High School Athletes. (Study in Progress)
Hoang, Mortazavi. Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes. Advances in Pediatrics. December 2011. Volume 60.
Hoang, Mortazavi. General Radiology Imaging and Laboratory Testing- What to Order and When. Pediatric Sports Medicine-Essentials for Office Evaluation. April 2012.
University of California, Davis
Mortazavi, Styne, et al. Competitive Sport Participation and Treatment Outcomes in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. (currently submitted for publication)
Mortazavi, Cassaza, et al. Single Leg training and Injury Prevention in Football Players. (data currently in analysis)