Awards

Each year, the NATA Foundation recognizes those that excel in the areas of research and those that lead the way in service to the NATA Foundation and the AT profession.

Research Awards
Service Awards

The Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, the New Investigator Award and the The David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award are presented annually to deserving researchers among the NATA membership.

Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research

The NATA Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research recognizes an established researcher who has sustained a prolific body of work that has contributed to research in the field of athletic training and health care.

2020 Award Recipient: Phillip Gribble, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Phillip Gribble, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA, is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Kentucky. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his doctoral training at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests have focused on understanding the neuromuscular consequences of lower extremity injuries and developing intervention strategies to alleviate the health care burden from these injuries. Dr. Gribble has established an international reputation as an expert in the area of ankle instability and served as the Co-Director of the International Ankle Consortium for 7 years. In his career, Dr. Gribble has over 125 published and/or in-press peer-reviewed manuscripts in scientific journals, and has presented over 250 abstracts at international, national and regional scientific meetings. He has expertise in neuromuscular control laboratory measures, including postural control, motion analysis, strength, and corticospinal excitability; as well as clinical research outcomes to improve injury prediction and prevention. He has received funding through agencies and foundations including the Department of Defense, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Past Winners

2019 Gary Wilkerson, EdD, ATC, FNATA

2018 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2017 Darin A. Padua, PhD, ATC

2016 Thomas William Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM

2015 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2014 Sandra J. Shultz, PhD, ATC, FNATA

2013 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2012 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2011 Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC2010 Thomas Weidner, PhD, ATC

2010 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2009 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2008 Doug Casa, PhD, ATC

2007 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2006 Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC

2005 Christopher D. Ingersoll, PhD, ATC

2004 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2003 Craig R. Denegar, PhD, ATC, PT

2002 Scott M. Lephart, PhD, ATC

2001 David O. Draper, EdD, ATC

2000 John W. Powell, PhD, ATC

1999 David H. Perrin, PhD, ATC

1998 Louis R. Osternig, PhD, ATC

1997 Kenneth L. Knight, PhD, ATC

 

New Investigator Award

The New Investigator Award recognizes a researcher who is likely to continue to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in athletic training and health care.

2020 Award Recipient: Dustin Grooms, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Dustin Grooms, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Athletic Training in the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness at Ohio University. Dr. Grooms received his doctorate from the Ohio State University in health and rehabilitation sciences, with a focus on neuroscience and biomechanics. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. Grooms was an athletic trainer, strength coach and instructor at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati Ohio. Before that he completed a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in kinesiology, an internship with Cincinnati Bengals, and bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in Athletic Training.  His current main research interest is how the brain and movement mechanics change after musculoskeletal injury and therapy. 

Past Winners

2019 David Howell, PhD, ATC

2018 Johna K. Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, AT

2017 David R. Bell, PhD, ATC

2016 Jeffrey Driban, PhD, ATC

2015 Brian Pietrosimone, PhD, ATC

2014 Joseph M. Hart, PhD, ATC

2013 Timothy Butterfield, PhD, ATC

2012 Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC

2011 Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC

2010 At the discretion of the committee, this was not awarded

2009 Troy Blackburn, PhD, ATC

2008 Tricia J. Hubbard, PhD, ATC, LAT

2007 Riann M. Palmieri-Smith, PhD, ATC

2006 Darin A. Padua, PhD, ATC

2005 Joseph B. Myers, PhD, ATC

2004 J. Ty Hopkins, PhD, ATC

2003 Sandra J. Shultz, PhD, ATC, CSCS

2002 Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC

2001 Douglas V. Casa, PhD, ATC

2000 Mitchell L. Cordova, PhD, ATC

1999 Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC

1998 Scott M. Lephart, PhD, ATC

 

The David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award

The David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding doctoral student research in athletic training and health care.

2020 Award Recipient: Breton Asken, PhD, ATC

Breton Asken, PhD, ATC, is a neuropsychology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science – Athletic Training. He then completed his PhD degree in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) at the University of Florida in 2019, which included a clinical internship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program.

Breton’s research interests include studying associations between repetitive head impact exposure and risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, like chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Ongoing projects focus on integrating advanced biomarkers of brain injury and neurodegenerative disease with novel approaches to clinical neuropsychological evaluations. Long-term research goals involve improving detection and differentiation of neurodegenerative diseases through fluid biomarker panels and refining classification approaches to associated clinical syndromes.

Past Winners

2019 Matthew Harkey, PhD, ATC

2018 Mark Feger, PhD, ATC

2017 Luke T. Donovan, PhD, ATC

2016 Lindsey K. Lepley, PhD, ATC

2015 David Howell, PhD, ATC

2014 Timothy Tourville, PhD, ATC, CSCS

2013 Dorice Hankemeier, PhD, ATC

2012 Lindsay DiStefano, PhD, ATC

2011 Jason Peter Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC

2010 Erik Wikstrom, PhD, ATC

2009 Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC

2008 Christopher Mendias, PhD, ATC

2007 J. Troy Blackburn, PhD, ATC

2006 Timothy A. Butterfield, PhD, ATC

2005 Riann M. Palmieri, PhD, ATC

The NATA Foundation Volunteer of the Year was presented from 1998 to 2008 to honor that individual who made significant contributions to the NATA Foundation. In 2009, this award was eliminated and replaced with three awards: Lifetime Contribution Award, New Initiative Service Award and the Volunteer Service Award. In 2012, the President’s Award was created to provide another avenue for honoring service to the NATA Foundation.

Lifetime Contribution Award
Given in recognition of exemplary contribution by an individual or a group who has provided significant advancement or financial growth to the NATA Foundation over a sustained, extended period of time.

2019 Award Recipient:
Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, AT-Retired

Past Winners

2018 R.T. Floyd, EdD, ATC, CSCS

2017 William H. Bill Chambers, AT, RET

2016 Steve Bair, AT, RET

2015 Dave Perrin, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM

2014 Chris Ingersoll, PhD, ATC, FNATA

2013 Clint Thompson, MA, ATC

2012 Charlie Redmond, ATC, PT, LAT

2011 Mike Wilkinson, MS, ATC

2010 Ronnie Barnes, ATC

2009 Michael R. Sitler, EdD, ATC

 

Volunteer Service Award
Given to a current NATA Foundation board member, committee member or volunteer who has provided significant advancement or financial growth to the organization.

2019 Award Recipient:
Thomas S. Woods, MEd, MS, ATC
 

Past Winners

2018 Tom Abdenour, DHSc, ATC, CES

2017 J. Ty Hopkins, PhD, ATC

2016 Pattie M. Tripp, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS

2015 Jill Manners MS, ATC, PT

2014 MaryBeth Horodyski, PhD, ATC, FNATA

2013 Bob Casmus, MS, ATC, LAT

2012 Joseph Lueken, MS, ATC, LAT

2011 R. T. Floyd, EdD, ATC

2010 Stephen E. Bair, MEd, ATC

2009 Michael Pruitt, MS, ATC, LAT and Timothy L. Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT

 

The Rachael Oats Leadership Award
The NATA Foundation’s President’s Award was created in 2012, allowing the President of the Board of Directors to annually recognize an individual representative of outstanding commitment, dedication and loyalty to the NATA Foundation, its volunteers and its donors.

On November 3, 2019, the athletic training profession lost one of it’s most loyal champions and advocates, Rachael Oats.  Rachael’s entire professional career was dedicated to advancing the athletic training profession, and included serving as the Director of the NATA Research & Education Foundation.  Rachael’s leadership, commitment, selflessness and friendship will be forever remembered and missed by all that knew her.  You can read more about Rachael and her impact on the athletic training profession here.

December, 2019, the NATA Foundation Board of Directors unanimously supported the decision to honor Rachael Oats’ legacy by renaming the President’s Award to the Rachael Oats Leadership Award.  This award allows the President of the NATA Research & Education Foundation to annually recognize an individual representative of Rachael’s exemplary characteristics of outstanding leadership, selflessness, commitment, and loyalty to the NATA Foundation, its volunteers and its donors.

 

Past President's Award Winners

2019 Rachael Oats

2018 (2 recipients): Rollin Mallernee and Skylar Gorman

2017 Jack Weakley

2016 Charlie Redmond, AT, RET

2015 Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES

2014 Mark Hoffman, PhD, ATC, FNATA

2013 Eve Becker-Doyle

2012 Patsy Brown

 

New Initiative Award
Given in recognition of exemplary grass roots initiatives (typically short term) by an individual or a group who provided significant advancement or financial growth of the NATA Foundation.

2019 Award Recipient:
Katie Scott, MS, ATC

Past Winners

2018 Carolyn Peters, MA, ATC, CSCS

2009 Sara D. Brown, MS, ATC and Gail Samdperil, MAT, ATC