Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist

The Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist Award is given to an athletic trainer whose work and contributions have significantly impacted the field of sports medicine or rehabilitation for athletes.

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Winner:

Daniel Lorenz, DPT, PT, ATC/L, CSCS

Dr. Lorenz is the owner and Director of Physical Therapy for Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (SSOR), an outpatient physical therapy practice based in Overland Park, KS.  He has a B.S. in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University in 1999 and a M.S in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State in 2001.  From 2004-2005, he completed the Duke University Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship.  Formerly, he was an assistant athletic trainer and Director of Rehabilitation for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2005-2007.  Relevant previous experiences also include an internship with the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball team as well as a stint at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO prior to the 2004 Athens Summer Games.  In 2009, he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, FL.  He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, has written book chapters, authored two home study courses, and has presented several times at local, state, and national conferences on sports medicine and performance enhancement in the recovering athlete.  He is currently the Chair of the Sports Performance Enhancement Special Interest Group for the Sports Section of the APTA.  Dr. Lorenz also founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the ASPIRE Foundation, to help young athletes, coaches and parents stay injury-free.  This May, Dr. Lorenz will be on the medical staff for the USA Weightlifting Nationals to be held in Kansas City.  He is a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus and is married to Jo Ann.  They have three children – Luke, Mallory, and Justin.

Award Eligibility

Current NSCA certification
Be a current member for two consecutive years
Current licensure (AT, PT, MD, DO, DC)
Not awarded this award previously
Nominated by a current member

Additionally, nominees must fill out an evaluation criteria (PDF download) and submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and supporting documentation to Qualifying nominees will also be asked for media/public relations/communication officer contact information, a high resolution head shot (1MB or larger), a short bio, Twitter handle (optional), and a signed media release.

Past Award Recipients Include:

2017 - Bill Holcomb, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS,*D, FNATA, FNSCA 2009 - Danny McMillian, DPT, CSCS
2016 - Robert Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS 2008 - Jaynie Bjornaraa, PhD, MPH, PT, CSCS,*D
2015 - Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, FMS, RKC, TPI, CSCS 2007 - Dan Wathen, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
2014 - Morey Kolber, PT, PhD, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS 2005 - David Potach, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
2013 - Terry Grindstaff, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, CSCS,*D 2004 - Jeff Falkel, CSCS,*D
2012 - John P. McCarthy, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 2003 - Todd Ellenbecker, CSCS
2011 - Greg Myer, PhD, CSCS 2002 - Jeff Fahrenbruch, MPT, CSCS,*D
2010 - Scott E. Lawrance, CSCS 2001 - Donald Chu, PhD

How are recipients selected?

  1. All nominee criteria sheets are reviewed by the NSCA Awards Staff Liaison for minimum eligibility requirements.
    • Any nominee not meeting the minimum eligibility requirements are notified by NSCA with the requirement not met.
  2. NSCA Awards Staff Liaison reviews, against NSCA records, the NSCA involvement sections of the nominee criteria sheets who have met the minimum eligibility requirements.
    • Items not able to be verified through record or supporting documentation are noted.
    • Nominee criteria sheet points are not changed to reflect any items unable to be verified.
  3. Once the review of all nominees are complete, an application packet containing the cover letter, CV/Resume, supporting documentation, and criteria sheet of each applicate are submitted to the Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Special Interest Group Chair.
  4. The Chair will review the packet and separate out the top three nominees bases on points.
  5. The nominees will be submitted to the Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Executive Council for vote.
  6. Votes are collected by the Chair.
  7. The Chair will tally the vote and submit it to the Awards Staff Liaison.
  8. The Awards Staff Liaison will send out regret and congratulation notifications.
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