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UD's Thomas Kaminski has received the Presidential Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association.

Kaminski honored

Athletic training professor wins top award from professional society


3:03 p.m., Jan. 17, 2012--Thomas Kaminski, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware, has received the Presidential Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA). Kaminski was honored at a banquet in Boston on Jan. 7.

The award recognizes individuals whose efforts and commitment demonstrate and maintain the ideals of the EATA and the athletic training profession. 

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“It’s nice to be recognized by your colleagues for work you do behind the scenes in support of the profession,” says Kaminski, who is also director of athletic training education at UD.

Three years ago, Kaminski’s first graduate student, Deanna Errico, won the award. “This was back when I was head athletic trainer at Alfred University in New York,” Kaminski says. “She too is extremely active in the profession and EATA, and I acknowledged her in my acceptance speech, saying that I was proud to be in her company as a fellow award recipient.”

Also recognized at the meeting were two others with a UD connection: Alan Needle, doctoral candidate in the Biomechanics and Movement Science Program, who was the 2012 EATA Research Grant Presenter; and 1998 alumna Amy Blansfield, an instructor in health care and rehabilitation at Polytech High School in Woodside, Del., who received the Henry Schein/MBM Award.

About Tom Kaminski

Tom Kaminski is a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Kaminski received his master’s degree from the University of Arizona and his doctorate from the University of Virginia. He joined the UD faculty in 2003.

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 EATA.

Article by Diane Kukich

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