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.

SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2023 RESEARCH AWARDS:  SEPTEMBER 1 – OCTOBER 1

The NATA Foundation invites you to submit nominations for the 2023 Research Awards.  Please help make sure our profession’s top researchers are recognized. Anyone may nominate a colleague for the NATA Foundation Research Awards. Nominators are asked to provide their contact and the nominees contact (name and email address) here.  Nominations are due October 1, 2023.

The NATA Foundation Research Awards include:  Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, The Dr. Freddie & Mrs. Hilda Pang Fu New Investigator Award, The David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award. Each award will require that a candidate complete a nomination form and submit supporting materials (letters of recommendation, vitae, etc.), which will be requested by the NATA Foundation office after the October 1 deadline.

Please review the Research Awards Eligibility Criteria.

Research Awards
Service Awards

The Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, The Dr. Freddie & Mrs. Hilda Pang Fu New Investigator Research Award and The David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Research Award are presented annually to deserving researchers among the NATA membership.
Research Awards Eligibility Criteria.

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.

2022 Award Recipient: Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC

Steven Broglio is a Professor of Kinesiology, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr Broglio completed his training at the University of Georgia, followed by his first faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been at the University of Michigan since 2011.

Dr. Broglio is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs for the School of Kinesiology and serves as the Director of the Michigan Concussion Center and the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory. In those roles he oversees clinical care, educational outreach, and multi-disciplinary research aimed at fundamental questions on concussion prevention, identification, diagnosis, management, and outcomes. His research has been supported by numerous foundations and federal funding agencies, generating nearly 200 peer reviewed works.

Past Winners

2021 - Due to COVID-19 constraints, at the discretion of the committee, awardees were not announced.

2020 Phillip Gribble, PhD, ATC, FNATA

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


The Dr. Freddie & Mrs. Hilda Pang Fu New Investigato
r Award
The Dr. Freddie & Mrs. Hilda Pang Fu New Investigator Award (formerly named 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.

2022 Award Recipient: Lindsey K. Lepley, PhD, ATC

Dr. Lindsey Lepley is an Assistant Professor, and the director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Research Lab in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. She also co-directs the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Biomechanics Lab. Dr. Lepley received her Bachelor in Sciences from Grand Valley State University, and then a Master in Education degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. In 2014, Lindsey completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan and then subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky. From 2015-2019, Dr. Lepley held an Assistant Professor Position at the University of Connecticut. In 2019 Dr Lepley transitioned back to the University of Michigan to establish a research environment with strong backing to investigate evidence-based treatment options for those that suffer from ACL injury.

The NATA Foundation is grateful for the endowment established honoring Dr. Freddie & Mrs. Hilda Pang Fu.  Read more about the Fu’s endowment and legacy here.

Past Winners

2021 - Due to COVID-19 constraints, at the discretion of the committee, awardees were not announced.

2020 Dustin Grooms, PhD, ATC, CSCS

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.

2022 Award Recipient: Samantha E. Scarneo-Miller, PhD, LAT, ATC

Dr. Samantha Scarneo-Miller serves as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Master of Science in Athletic Training in the Division of Athletic Training, School of Medicine at West Virginia University. She works to improve overall safety for all athletes, and has most recently focused on the high school setting. Dr. Scarneo-Miller is a licensed athletic trainer and has experience at the high school level, youth sporting events and mass medical tents. Her research interests include policy implementation to improve sport safety, dissemination and implementation science, and public health frameworks with regards to sports medicine interventions. Dr. Scarneo-Miller is the principal or co-investigator of several grants and has spoken at various national meetings and state meetings such as the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and American College Health Association. 

Dr. Scarneo-Miller received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at the University of New Hampshire, and her graduate degrees from the University of Connecticut. She previously worked for the Korey Stringer Institute. She and her partner, Jelan, live in Morgantown with their new baby, Jrue and dog, Milo. 

The NATA Foundation is grateful for the endowment established honoring David H. Perrin, PhD, ATC. Read more about the David H. Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award Endowment here.

Past Winners

2021 - Due to COVID-19 constraints, at the discretion of the committee, awardees were not announced.

2020 Breton Asken, PhD, ATC

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 Research & Education Foundation Board of Directors recognizes those representative of advancing the athletic training profession through the Foundation’s mission, efforts and initiatives.
The awards currently include: the Lifetime Contribution Award; the Rachael Oats Leadership Award (formerly the President’s Award); the Volunteer Service Award; and the Impact Service Award (formerly the New Initiative Award).

 

Lifetime Contribution Award
Awarded for an individual’s sustained exemplary support and contribution to the advancement of the NATA Research & Education Foundation.

2022 Award Recipient: Cynthia Trowbridge, PhD, LAT, ATC
Across 3 decades, Cindy has donated her time, talents and treasure to advance the NATA Research & Education Foundation.  She has served on the Foundation Board of Directors as District 6 Chair, VP External Affairs, VP District Relations, and VP of Development.  She has also served on the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee and as the Scholarship Committee Chair. 

Cindy continues to be instrumental in educating others of the Foundation’s mission and impact through presentations to her students and during local and district meetings.  In addition, she has played a vital role in developing successful revenue-generating events for the Foundation at the local, district and national levels.  As a past Foundation scholarship recipient, Cindy made it her personal mission to “repay” that scholarship dollar amount.  She has successfully met that personal challenge many times over as an original member of the Circle of Champions, Shoebox Society, and the AT Loyal Giving Society at the Legacy level.

Previous Awardees

2021 Jack Weakley

2020 Robert Kersey, PhD, ATC

2019 Marjorie Albohm, MS, AT-Retired

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

 

Rachael Oats Leadership Award
Renamed in 2020 to honor the legacy of the Foundation’s former Director, Rachael Oats – this award allows the President of the NATA Research & Education Foundation to recognize those representative of Rachael’s exemplary characteristics of leadership, selflessness, commitment, and loyalty to the NATA Foundation, its volunteers and its donors.

2022 Award Recipient: Brian Conway, LAT, ATC
Brian served on the Foundation Board of Directors for 10 years as District 6 Chair, Vice President of Finance, and President. Through his leadership, the Foundation developed and implemented responsible fiscal policies and established a reserve fund to ensure that the organization could weather difficult financial times. These actions were extremely timely and positioned the Foundation to endure the fiscal challenges of the COVID pandemic. Brian’s years of service and his impact on the Foundation have been transformative and demonstrate outstanding leadership, selflessness, commitment, and loyalty to the NATA Foundation, its volunteers and its donors.

Previous Awardees

2021 The Strategic Alliance AT Research Agenda Task Force: Jennifer Earl-Boehm, PhD, ATC, FNATA; Tracey Covassin, PhD, ATC, FNATA; Lindsey Eberman, PhD, ATC; R.T. Floyd, EdD, ATC, CSCS; Esther Nolton, PhD, ATC; Kelvin Phan, MSEd, ATC, PES; Stacy Walker, PhD, ATC, FNATA; Leigh Weiss, DPT, MS, ATC; Alison Snyder Valier, PhD, ATC, FNATA

2020 Richard Ray, EdD, ATC

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

 

Volunteer Service Award
Awarded to an individual for their exemplary volunteer service advancing the NATA Research & Education Foundation.

2022 Award Recipient: Mark Knoblauch, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Mark is recognized for his exemplary volunteer service advancing the NATA Research & Education Foundation.  He has served the Foundation many years in capacities including District 6 Ambassador, and Chair of the Student Writing Contest Committee.  Mark is also serving as the Co-Lead of the Foundation’s Development Task Force, engaging with students and young professionals throughout the NATA membership, educating them of the Foundation’s mission, programs, and impact.

Previous Awardees

2021 Alison Snyder Valier, PhD, ATC, FNATA

2020 Jennifer Earl-Boehm, PhD, ATC, FNATA

2019 Thomas Woods, MEd, MS, ATC

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

 

Impact Service Award
Awarded to an individual for their exemplary grass roots initiatives which provided significant advancement of the NATA Research & Education Foundation.

2022 Award Recipient: Kathryn LaLonde, MS, ATC
Kathryn is recognized for her efforts contributing to the increased impact of the Foundation’s mission, programs, and initiatives.   Her efforts have included:  coordinating and collaborating with all Foundation programmatic committees;  developing and managing creative social media campaigns, resulting in increased public awareness and support; and successfully transitioning the Foundation’s annual silent auction to a virtual-only format, resulting in raising significant funds. 

Previous Awardees

2021 Jeff Konin, PhD, PT, FNATA; Randy Cohen, ATC, DPT; Chuck Kimmel, AT Retired

2019 Katie Scott, MS, ATC

2018 Carolyn Peters, MA, ATC, CSCS

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