11:28 a.m., Feb. 23, 2010----Thomas Kaminski, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware, has been named a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). He will be inducted at the association's 2010 annual meeting and clinical symposia in Philadelphia on June 24.
NATA's mission is to enhance the quality of healthcare provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession. The NATA fellows program recognizes professional achievement in research and/or education, combined with service to the profession. Only the most accomplished scholars in the athletic training profession earn this distinction.
Kaminski, who is the director of athletic training education at UD, is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
“This is a real honor for Tom, for our college, and for the University,” says Susan Hall, deputy dean in the College of Health Sciences. “With this appointment, he becomes the only certified athletic trainer in the U.S. with fellowship status is all three of these very prestigious sports-medicine related organizations.”
Kaminski, who joined the UD faculty in 2003, received his master's degree from the University of Arizona and his doctorate from the University of Virginia.
His research interests include ankle instability, mild traumatic brain injuries in women's soccer, and functional performance assessment of the lower extremities.
Kaminski is the inaugural editor of a professional journal launched in 2009, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care: The Journal for the Practicing Clinician. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Athletic Training, the executive Committee of the National Council for Athletic Training, and the research committee of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association.
Article by Diane Kukich