The 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award winner is…
Last week during the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 66th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, the recipient of the 3rd Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) was named.
This award was created to recognize athletic trainers who achieve exceptional rehabilitation results through the use of advanced water therapy.
In addition to announcing the winner of this award, we also gave away a PolarPlunge pool to one lucky winner who entered the drawing. The winner of the HydroWorx PolarPlunge pool was revealed following the award ceremony. The prize was awarded to La Tanja Batiste from Elizabeth City State College!
Prior to the PolarPlunge pool giveaway, Anson Flake, HydroWorx’s Co-Founder and CEO, announced the winner of this year’s Excellence in Aquatics Award.
The three nominees were:
- Duke University for the Rehabilitation of Freshman Basketball Star for Championship Run
- University of Tennessee’s Sports Medicine Staff for Shattering the Rehab Time Frame Expectations of Freshman Lineman
- University of Utah for the Recovery of Gymnast’s Torn Achilles Tendon to Achieve Personal High Scores
There were hundreds of votes online, which counted for one overall vote. There was also a panel of 6 judges who each placed their votes, making a total of 7 votes. The judges were Dr. Dennis Dolny, PhD, Research Specialist at Utah State University; Dr. Paul Hetrick, President of the Hetrick Center and Inventor of the HydroWorx pool; Murphy Grant, Head Football Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Kansas; Barry Lippman, Associate Athletic Trainer/Rehab Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University as well as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Aquatics Award; Rob Swire, former Head Physiotherapist for Manchester United FC for 23 years and current Physiotherapist for Manchester United FC Academy; and Lance Walker, Global Director of Performance for Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney, Texas.
And the first place winner of the 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) and recipient of $1,000 was:
University of Tennessee’s Sports Medicine Staff for Shattering the Rehab Time Frame Expectations of Freshman Lineman
Athletic Trainer, Jason McVeigh was present to accept the award on the behalf of his colleague’s, John Dean, Director of Rehabilitation, and himself. Both Jason and John were involved in this remarkable rehabilitation and we couldn’t be more proud of their efforts as well as those from Duke University and University of Utah.
“John and I are honored to be the selected as recipients of the 2015 HydroWorx Excellence in Aquatics Award. The case studies presented by Duke University and the University of Utah were both excellent as well, and we are proud of all the sports medicine staffs and student-athletes at all three universities for achieving such positive results through their hard work and dedication. We have a long tradition of using aquatic therapy to benefit our student-athletes at the University of Tennessee, and we are proud to have HydroWorx equipment in multiple athletic training rooms to help us accomplish that mission.”
Congratulations again to all three nominees!