Lititz’s Julie Ramsey Emrhein, MEd, LAT, ATC, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2017 Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients. Emrhein is the supervisor of athletic training at Wellspan Health in York.
The Athletic Trainer Service Award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. These recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer.
“I’m just so humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award,” Emrhein said. “I was obviously very surprised … I’m just totally honored to serve my profession and to be recognized for all the years that I’ve dedicated my time.”
A 1979 graduate of Cocalico, Emrhein went on to earn a degree from Lock Haven University in 1983, then completed her MEd degree from the University of Virginia in 1984. Recently, Emrhein has been taking post graduate courses from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J. toward a doctoral degree. A Certified Athletic Trainer since 1981, she has been practicing her craft for 35 years.
She was the athletic trainer at Dickinson College for 22 years. Over that span, she worked a few summer camps with the National Football League’s Washington Redskins, and then spent a full season with them during a sabbatical in 2002. At that time, she was the only female trainer in the NFL.
“What an experience that was,” Emrhein recalls. “That was an awesome experience.”
Currently, Emrhein is a clinical supervisor of athletic trainers in Adams and York counties, working with those in high schools and with the Atlantic League’s York Revolution.
“I’m in a role of totally just being a mentor and a supervisor to these young athletic trainers,” she said.
Her career has also taken Emrhein to the District, State and National levels, serving on committees and boards of directors. Emrhein’s involvement comes from a mindset she adopted dating back to her days in college.
“The program director at Lock Haven basically told us, ‘You need to give back. You have a profession of athletic training that gives so much to you that you need to serve and give back,’” she said. “It was instilled in us as students, so I started volunteering back to my profession the second I graduated.”
Candidates for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Athletic Trainer Service Award must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.
“We are always excited to recognize the dedication, excellence, inspirational outlook and commitment of our honorees, and this year is no exception. These recipients serve as role models to their peers and represent some of the best of the best of the athletic training profession,” said NATA Honors and Awards Committee Chair Charlie Thompson, MS, ATC. “We know they will continue to contribute to their place of work and their community at large in ensuring quality of care and optimal health moving into the years ahead.”
The presentation will be made during NATA’s 68th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, June 28.