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 2019 Winner!

William J. Hanney, DPT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Dr. William J. Hanney is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida for studies in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and went on to complete his Master and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  He completed his PhD at Nova Southeastern University.  He has over 75 peer reviewed publications and speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Dr. William Hanney

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:

2018 - Daniel Lorenz, DPT, PT, ATC/L, CSCS 2009 - Danny McMillian, DPT, CSCS
2017 - Bill Holcomb, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS,*D, FNATA, FNSCA 2008 - Jaynie Bjornaraa, PhD, MPH, PT, CSCS,*D
2016 - Robert Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS 2007 - Dan Wathen, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
2015 - Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, FMS, RKC, TPI, CSCS 2005 - David Potach, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
2014 - Morey Kolber, PT, PhD, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS 2004 - Jeff Falkel, CSCS,*D
2013 - Terry Grindstaff, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, CSCS,*D 2003 - Todd Ellenbecker, CSCS
2012 - John P. McCarthy, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 2002 - Jeff Fahrenbruch, MPT, CSCS,*D
2011 - Greg Myer, PhD, CSCS 2001 - Donald Chu, PhD
2010 - Scott E. Lawrance, CSCS  

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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