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New Jersey Athletic Trainers receive awards

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Professional Development

New Jersey Athletic Trainers receive awards

January has been an exciting month for Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) members. The month witnessed, certified, associate and student members alike bring recognition to the society for their outstanding work in the field of sports safety. Earlier this month, ATSNJ member Michael Prybicien (Henry Schein Award), student member Haley Anderson (HARTMANN USA Sports Medicine Scholarship), and longtime supporter of New Jersey athletic training Dr. R. Robert Franks, D.O. (Dr. David G. Moyer Award), were honored at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Annual Meeting taking place in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to these awards, ATSNJ President-Elect Christina Emrich (Red Bank Regional High School Educational Services Professional of the Year), ATSNJ members Mark Bramble (Marlboro High School Educational Services Professional of the Year) and Jim Barber (Brick Township High School Educational Services Professional of the Year) were also honored by their respective school districts. “We are proud of the recognition that our members have brought to the field of athletic training and sports safety. It shows the work and dedication our members have to this profession.” Eric Schwartz, ATSNJ President.

Michael Prybicien, MA, ATC, CES, PES was awarded the Henry Schein Award at the EATA Conference. Henry Schein, an athletic training supply company, presents an award each year at the annual Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association.The award is given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession on the secondary or prep school level. Prybicien has been employed at Passiac High School (Passiac, NJ) for the past 8 years. In addition to being employed as an athletic trainer at Passaic High School, he is also an athletic trainer at the Overlook Medical Center, Concussion and Rehabilitation Department in Summit, NJ and is an adjunct professor for the athletic training education program at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.

Michael has served as the president and was on the executive council of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey and is the public relations coordinator of the the national Athletic Trainer Associations’ District 2. During Michael’s ATSNJ presidential term, the ATSNJ was a leader in field of sports safety. This was evident in their involvement in the new concussion law signed by Governor Christie as well their numerous educational and public relations efforts to continue to improve sports safety in New Jersey.

Michael has authored numerous book chapters, abstract articles and journal articles specializing in sports emergency care, and injury prevention, recognition and management.

He is also active with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association serving on various task forces and committees.

Haley Anderson is a senior athletic training student at William Paterson University (WPU), who maintains a 3.752 overall GPA. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in May 2016 and take her Board of Certification exam in April 2016. Haley has been on the Dean’s List for nine consecutive semesters at WPU. Haley partakes in a variety of athletic training-related activities. She is an ATSNJ Student Committee representative for William Paterson University (WPU) and this year was elected as Chairperson of the committee. Haley is the New Jersey representative for the EATA Student Delegation. She is currently the WPU Athletic Training Club President. She has volunteered at the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer, Fall, and Spring Games, as well as at the New York and Boston Marathons. Haley has participated in the WPU breast cancer walk for two years, and also participated in the Hudson Valley Walk to Defeat ALS this year. She regularly attends the NATA, EATA, and ATSNJ Conferences, and has represented WPU’s ATEP at the EATA Quiz Bowl for the past two years. Haley recently completed an athletic training student internship with the New York Giants, which began in spring 2015.

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