HydroWorx Makes a Splash at NATA in Indianapolis
Last week we attended the 2014 National Athletic Trainers Association’s Annual Symposium in Indianapolis. We enjoyed spending time with the attendees and had so many exciting things happening at our booth that we wanted to share how it went!
The opening day of NATA in booth #1131 was quite busy from handing out T-Shirts to pool basketball challenges and playing basketball on the HydroWorx court. In the evening on Thursday, we held an after hours event where three HydroWorx customers shared their various experiences with hydrotherapy. We’d like to extend a special thank you to all who attended as well as our three sports medicine presenters: Doug Boersma, Director of Sports Medicine from Purdue University, Ryan Galloy, Director of Sports Medicine from Butler University and Nick Held M.HK, CSCS from Fortius Sport and Health. Each presenter shared their various experiences with integrating hydrotherapy into their facilities as well as lessons learned.
Day two at NATA was even busier. We held a pep rally and an award ceremony to celebrate the 2014 Excellence in Aquatics Award Nominees. We had drinks, hot dogs, popcorn, foam fingers and even cracker jacks to kick off the HydroWorx pep rally. Prior to announcing the winner of the 2014 Excellence in Aquatics Award, we surprised a long time believer of HydroWorx, David Craig, with the first ever HydroWorx Pioneer Award. David Craig, who was the head athletic trainer for the Indiana Pacers for 35 years, was instrumental in solidifying the Indiana Pacers as our very first sports customer. Since we were back in Indianapolis, we could not pass up the opportunity to recognize David for his trust and belief in us as a company and our products 1999. Additionally, David Craig was able to bring the Indiana Pacers mascot, Boomer, to the booth for photos, autographs and to play basketball with attendees. Even Boomer himself has utilized the Indiana Pacers’ HydroWorx pool for a recent hamstring injury. In the photo on the right, our Chief Sales Officer and Owner Rob Miller (far right) and Anson Flake, HydroWorx Co-Founder and CEO (far left) presented David Craig (middle) with the award.
Immediately following the presentation of David Craig’s Award, we began the Excellence in Aquatics Award ceremony. It was a very tight race among all three of the nominees who deserve a great deal of recognition due to their commitment to taking care of their athletes day in and day out.
The three nominees were:
- Fortius Sport and Health’s Nick Held, M.Hk, CSCS for the Achilles Rehabilitation of Vancouver Whitecap, Jay DeMerit
- Seton Hall University’s Anthony Testa, Med, ATC, CSCS for the Return to Improved Play of a Baseball and Softball Player
- Coastal Carolina’s Barry Lippman, MS, ATC, NASM-PES for the Shoulder Rehabilitation of a Division 1 Second Baseman
The winner was selected as a result of 5 different votes. The public’s vote counted as 1 vote and then there was a panel of 4 judges. Those four judges were last year’s winner, Eric Sugarman, Head AT for the Minnesota Viking, Dr. Dennis Dolny PhD and Department Head of Health Physical Education and Recreation at Utah State University, Dr. Paul Hetrick- President of The Hetrick Center and Denny Miller, Director of Sports Medicine at Purdue University– making that a total of 5 votes.
We would like to congratulate Barry Lippman and the Coastal Carolina University’s athletic training staff as this year’s Excellence in Aquatics Award recipient.
I feel like HydroWorx truly invests in their customer base. Companies like HydroWorx that support, not only their customers, but the profession of athletic training, are important to the advancement of the purpose of the NATA, and it is seen by the work they do during the NATA convention.
At Coastal Carolina we take pride in our unique methodology. We focus not only on keeping our athletes safe and returning them to sport but taking a comprehensive approach to optimizing performance using individualized programs based on sound assessment to develop the total student athlete. The entire staff at Coastal are thankful for HydroWorx’s recognition because it helps validate our efforts of proving the highest quality care. – Barry Lippman, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES
Mark your calendars: Submissions for the 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award will open in the spring of 2015!
All in all, NATA this year was a huge success filled with a lot of exciting events. Here are a few photos from the event. Be sure to check out Facebook for the full photo album!