Emrhein receives NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award


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Author: Litiz Record Express

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.


North Carolina’s best High School Athletic Trainer


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There’s still a degree of skepticism for T’Keyah Henry as to whether Eastern Guilford athletics director Randall Hackett knew why the Wildcats athletic trainer was invited to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s year-end awards banquet.

“They sent me a letter saying that I was invited to the annual meeting, but they didn’t say what it was for,” Henry said. “My AD kinda hinted it was an award, I don’t know if he actually knew or not. He claims he didn’t know.”

The invite was for Henry, 24, being named the NCHSAA’s Elton Hawley Athletic Trainer / Medical Professional of the Year. It’s recognition that comes as Henry is wrapping up her third academic year working with Eastern Guilford athletes — though she has been involved in state-wide events since 2011.

Henry serves as Eastern Guilford’s trainer through an outreach program by Guilford Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center. She has worked as an athletic trainer at girls’ tennis state championships, track and field state championships, softball state championship series and girls’ and boys’ basketball regional championships since 2014, and has worked the state wrestling championships since 2011. Henry is from Denver, Colo., and graduated from Greensboro College in 2014.

At Eastern Guilford, Henry says other athletes jokingly accuse her of giving football players preferential treatment. But there’s more to it than that.

“All my kids claim I love the football players more, but it’s just I like fast-paced kind of, always doing something. With football there’s never a dull moment,” Henry said. “We’ve had to suture a couple of noses in the press box, I’ve had to wrap a couple of hips in the middle of a huddle.

“You know, it’s kinda weird asking a kid to drop his pants in front of his teammates and wrap his hip, but you know, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. But I’m sure they’ve seen worse.”


Ohio President to receive NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award


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Author: John Kampf

As a youngster, John Smith received a golden nugget of advice from his father.“My dad always told me, ‘If you find something you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life,’” said Smith, director of sports medicine at Lake Health in Lake County.

Those words and the man who delivered them will be on Smith’s mind when he is presented with the 2017 Athletic Trainer Service Award at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s annual symposium on June 28 in Houston, Texas.

The award recognizes NATA members for contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels.

“It is very humbling, especially since it is given by national peers,” said Smith of the prestigious award. “It’s very humbling to be recognized by peers across the nation, and it helps me know I am doing the service I need to do for our patients and our athletes, to know I am serving them the best way possible.”

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Akron in 1993, his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Akron in 1995 and his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2009.

A longtime athletic trainer at Eastlake North, Smith has been a certified and licensed athletic trainer since 1995 and has been involved with the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association in many capacities, including the chairman of the Committee on Revenue, the Northeast Ohio Representative to the District Board and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association District Board chairperson. He is currently the president of the OATA.

Smith, who also serves on the board of directors for the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, lives in Mentor with his wife and two children.

“I love what I do, and the staff I work with makes it so easy and fun,” Smith said. “I go to work every day knowing I’m going to make a difference and help people. Whether it’s a good day or a bad day, it’s always fun and something I’ll continue to love doing.”


UNC professor receives national honor for ACL research, prevention


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Author: University of North Carolina

An exercise and sport science professor and his former Ph.D. student have won major awards from the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Darin A. Padua, professor and chair of the department of exercise and sport science in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences and co-director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory, was honored with the Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research. This is the highest form of recognition for research in this field.

The award from NATA is given to someone who has a prolific and sustained body of research in athletic training and sports medicine, and who has had a significant impact on the athletic training profession.

Padua’s primary research interests focus on identifying risk factors and developing evidence-based prevention strategies for musculoskeletal injuries, such as injury to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).

“Professor Padua is not only one of the College’s most innovative academic leaders, he is regarded as an international leader in research and prevention of ACL, one of the most debilitating injuries in sports,” said Dean Kevin M. Guskiewicz. “There is no one more deserving in sports medicine for this outstanding recognition.”

The award citation commended Padua for “his strong focus on clinical applications — providing tools and methods for athletic trainers to prevent and screen athletes for lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries and to return them to play only after any biomechanical deficits have been corrected.”

David R. Bell, now assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received the New Investigator Award.

Padua was Bell’s Ph.D. adviser. According to the award citation, “Padua was instrumental in helping him to develop a progressive and focused line of research with the ultimate goal of aiding athletic trainers and their patients in the clinical setting.”

Both Bell and Padua have UNC alumni connections. Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science in 2001 and a Ph.D. in human movement science in 2010 from UNC-Chapel Hill. Padua earned an M.A. in exercise and sport science (athletic training specialization) from UNC in 1998.

The Journal of Athletic Training featured the awards in its June special issue. The awards will be presented June 27 at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual meeting in Houston.


O’Shea to be Inducted into NATA Hall of Fame


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Author: Houston Cougars

 Legendary University of Houston head athletics trainer Michael “Doc” O’Shea has been selected to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame and will be inducted at the NATA 68th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Houston on June 28.

O’Shea is the second Houston Athletics Trainer to be inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of Tom Wilson, who he replaced in 1993.

Widely regarded as one of the top collegiate athletics trainers in the country, O’Shea oversees the training room operations for the football team and for all Houston student-athletes.

Next week’s induction is just the latest honor for O’Shea. For his heroic efforts in saving the life of cornerback D.J. Hayden following a collision at practice, O’Shea received the Excellence in Athletics Training Award from the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association in July 2013.

With his quick thinking and action, O’Shea helped save Hayden’s life from an injury that is 95 percent fatal and more often seen in explosions or war casualties and never in athletics competition.

Nearly six months after his injury, surgery and rehabilitation, Hayden was taken with the No. 12 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Just last month, he waas named the 2017 Chairs Award recipient, which honors non-alumni who have consistently and voluntarily given extraordinary support to the University of Houston at the University of Houston Alumni Association’s gala.



Don Watt named Nebraska Athletic Trainer of the Year


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Author: Kaleb Center

Chadron State College Head Athletic Trainer Don Watt has been recognized by the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers’ Association as the George F. Sullivan Athletic Trainer of the Year for the 2016-17 academic year.

The award is given annually to a Nebraska athletic trainer who, over the past year, has gone above and beyond the call of duty in promoting and improving the profession, all while performing their normal duties as an athletic trainer. The winner is selected by a vote of the entire membership, from among those nominated by a colleague.


The “Doc” is in the NATA Hall of Fame


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Author: Jaine Treadwell

Troy University’s John “Doc’ Anderson will be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s prestigious Hall of Fame on June 28 in Houston, Texas.

The Hall of Fame is the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive and it’s an honor that Anderson said  “belongs to the university.”

The NATA has 43,000 active members. Anderson said it has just hit him what this means.

“But not just to me, to Troy University,” he said. “It’s Troy. This award belongs to Troy.”

Anderson has enjoyed a career spanning nearly five decades. With the exception of a 10-year stint at Louisiana State University, he has held various roles at Troy University since 1967, including head athletic trainer, professor and program director and now serves as a professor emeritus lecturer.

He was a member of the U.S. Track and Field coaching staff for the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games and served as an athletic trainer for the 1996 Olympic team. Anderson is the founder of Iota Tau Alpha, a national athletic training honor society. Since its inception in 2005, the organization has expanded to more than 100 chapters with more than 4,000 inductees. He previously earned NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and Athletic Trainer Service Award.

Talking about awards and recognitions seems to make Anderson a bit uncomfortable. Although he appreciates the recognition, he would rather talk about his former students and the positive changes that have been brought about through athletic training.

“Students are a university’s most precious commodity,” Anderson said, leaning forward as if putting an exclamation point on that statement. “Students are what this is all about. They and this university are what I’m all about.”

Anderson said Troy University recognizes and supports the role that athletic training plays in today’s world and has given him the reign to so what was needed for the university to move forward as a innovator in the area of athletic training.

“Athletic trainers are like nurses. They operate on evidence-based practices,” Anderson said. “They must receive national certification. Becoming an athletic trainer is not a walk in the park.”

Anderson said the norm at Troy University is that, of 65 applicants for the athletic training program, 18 will be accepted and 12 will graduate. “Seventy percent of our graduates will pass the boards the first time out,” he said. “One hundred percent of our graduates will be placed and they will be heading to high profile jobs.”

Graduates of Troy University’s athletic training program include 52 physical therapists, 10 physician’s assistants, three nurses and three physicians. And those are numbers that almost bring a smile to Anderson’s face.

“Our athletic trainers are trained to be successful,” he said. “They are dedicated, goal oriented individuals and they are continuing to help make a difference in the sports world.”

Anderson cited a 1969 ruling supported by athletic trainers that required mouth guards to be used by high school football players. Gatorade, an in-depth look into Sickle cell disease and concussions, even the dangers of lightning have been items and issues supported by athletic trainers.

“Sports Medicine is influencing the general population,” Anderson said. “Me? I’ve stood on the shoulders of giants – at Auburn, LSU and Troy and giants in Sports Medicine

Dr. James Andrews (Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center), Jack Hughston, (Hughston Clinic) … too many to name.”

Anderson said athletic training has infatuated him, since he was in prep school in New England.

“I’m still infatuated by athletic training,” he said.  It’s research driven and it’s making such a difference. I’ve been lucky to be a small part of it.                   

“And I’ve been blessed to have the opportunities to do the things I’ve been able to do.  Working with so many outstanding individuals and with the students, has been a privilege, not an entitlement. Our students really are our most precious commodities and we have a moral and ethical responsibility to them to give them the best chance at a good life that we can.  I have tried to make the best of my chance at it.”


Louisiana Athletic Trainer Wins Outreach Award


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Author: St Mary

Ryan Trahan, LAT, ATC, certified athletic trainer with the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional, was presented with the Outreach Athletic Trainer of the Year award by the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association at its annual meeting recently in New Orleans. The Outreach Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes members of the Association for tireless commitment of the highest level for service and care to athletes, the community and LATA. A native of Houma, Trahan earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Nicholls State University in 2012 and was an active member of Iota Tau Alpha, the athletic training honor society. He has been a member of Thibodaux Regional’s Sports Medicine staff for five years. Trahan is head athletic trainer at Riverside Academy in Reserve where he works with coaches and student athletes on a daily basis. Presenting the award to Trahan, left, is Scott Arceneaux, LAT, ATC, St. Amant High School and LATA president.


Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association wins national award


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Author: The Claremore Daily Progress

The Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association (OATA) has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Public Advocacy Award by the Board of Certification (BOC). The BOC is the national credentialing agency for athletic trainers and also establishes both the standards of practice and continuing education requirements for the profession. The OATA won the award for their “Safety in Football Campaign” that ran in September of 2016. The campaign was designed with the goal of helping each and every football team in Oklahoma identify ways in which they can lessen the risks of injury and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football.

This national honor is designed to recognize an individual, group, or organization who has demonstrated leadership in protecting athletic training consumers. In the words of Shannon Leftwich, BOC Director of Credentialing and Regulatory Affairs, “the ‘Safety in Football Campaign’ has been so important to protect the public and athletic training consumers. The time, commitment, and service {the OATA} have provided is immeasurable.”

The campaign ran from Sept. 6-17 and participation from 26 high schools from across the state and one university. Throughout the campaign, those schools self-promoted the measures they take every day to ensure safety in football. The schools also wore helmet stickers with the OATA Logo showing their support for the campaign. The campaign’s success resulted in several television, newspaper and online articles highlighting ways to increase safety for football players across the state. Governor Mary Fallin even issued a state-wide proclamation for the event.


Dedicated Athletic Trainer Tanya Dargusch Being Inducted Into NATA Hall of Fame


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Author: Don Bell

A sigh of relief and a feeling of comfort.

Because of her, parents can rest easy.

In Washington Township, one woman has spent nearly three decades helping athletes thrive and remain safe while doing it.

“I never look at the clock and say oh my gosh there’s an hour or two hours left it’s never like that,” says Tanya Dargusch, athletic trainer at Washington Township High School

There are over 1,200 student athletes at Washington Township High School.

Since 1988, they’ve all been under the watchful eye of Athletic Trainer Tanya Dargusch.

“I never worry once at any time, no matter the severity of the injury or what’s going on, whether it be an illness or something god forbid something more severe on the field or on the court, when she’s around you never wonder,” said Athletic Director Kevin Murphy

She’s worked with Olympians, helped write New Jersey’s legislation against steroid use in schools and been an out spoken advocate for her profession, which in some cases is the first medical attention students get.

“I just felt it as a personal mission of mine that all schools should have an athletic trainer, so I kind of went out and worked on that nationally,” said Dargusch.

Because of her impressive and groundbreaking career, early this month, Tanya will become one of the few women to be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

“To be amongst those people is very very humbling,” Dargusch said. “Words can’t really express the feeling other than I can tell you when I was contacted I cried for 2 hours straight.”

Don’t expect Tanya to take much of a break this summer to celebrate, she has to do what she always does — take care of her kids

“Oh no you never really take  any time off, and that’s ok because I love what I do,” she says.