Thomas Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Inducted into the EATA 49 Club on January 11, 2020

Dr. Thomas Kaminski has been a pioneer with regards to research on both understanding chronic ankle instability as well as the effects of repetitive head impacts in soccer players across the spectrum.  He is also involved with functional performance and recovery assessment in the athletic population.

At the University of Delaware (UD), he directs the Athletic Training Research Laboratory and the undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program where he established UD’s new Master of Science in athletic training program.  He previously worked at Southwest Missouri State University, the University of Florida, Marietta College and the University of Virginia.

 

He received numerous national awards.  Dr. Kaminski was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2018 from Marietta (Ohio) College.  The University of Delaware College of Health Sciences in 2016-17 awarded him the Excellence in Service Award.  The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation in 2016 awarded him with NATA Foundation Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research.  In 2016 the Bill Cramer Professional Development Award was given to him.  Most recently in 2019 he was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology.  He is the only athletic trainer in the United States to have simultaneously been a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Dr. Kaminski is also a part of a team working on the landmark research project with the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense to examine concussions in intercollegiate sports.

Various organizations benefited from the work of Dr. Kaminski. He provided featured presentations at the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, the Eastern Athletic Association annual meetings, the United Soccer Coaches Annual Convention, National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) Annual Convention, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American College of Sports Medicine.

He has given numerous international presentations including at The World Congress on Science and Football 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.  The 4th Life through Movement International Conference (LTMIC) 2018 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in October 2018.  The 14th Scandinavian Congress of Medicine & Science in Sports in February 2018.  The World Conference on Science and Soccer 5.0, Rennes, France in May/June 2017. The 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, Berlin, Germany October 2016.

Dr Kaminski has served on various editorial boards over the years, most notable;
Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, Journal of Athletic Training: National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Journal of Athletic Training, World Journal of Orthopaedics.

He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America), American Kinesiology Association (AKA) and the Delaware Athletic Trainers’ Association (DATA), American Heart Association and the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society - IOTA Chapter of Marietta College


Linda Meyer, EdD, ATC

Inducted into the EATA 49 Club on January 11, 2020

Linda completed her Bachelor of Science from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and Master of Science from West Virginia University. Her Doctorate Degree was conferred from Duquesne University (PA). She joined California University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and is a tenured professor teaching in the Exercise Science MS and DHSc programs. Prior to that, she was a founding faculty member for Duquesne University’s athletic training education program and earned the tenure rank of associate professor while serving the Department of Athletic Training Education for 14 years. She began her career as a health teacher and athletic trainer for three secondary schools throughout Pennsylvania, prior to being hired at Duquesne.

 

Linda is recognized as a valued leader among her peers at the local, state, district and national levels. Her expertise established her as a premier consultant to her university, state, district, and national athletic training affairs. Linda was appointed by the Governor as the first athletic training voting representative on the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and served a 4-year term.  She brought distinction to the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) as a member of their Board of Directors serving on many committees. Further, her expertise in strategic thinking/planning was utilized by four of the Society’s Presidents to create the PATS strategic plan spanning the past decade and continuing onward. Also, Linda worked closely with the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Board to develop strategic thinking, culminating with a 5-year strategic plan.

Most notably, Linda’s 30+-year career revolved around her vision to improve the healthcare for the Special Olympics population. Her dedication as PATS liaison to Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and Special Olympics Inc (SOI) elevated the “best practices” of healthcare during competition for Special Olympic (SO) athletes. As a highly respected advocate for Special Olympics, Linda has presented to national and international audiences on the professional relationship between athletic trainers and the SO. Her vision was to create an interdisciplinary sports medicine team where physicians, athletic trainers, and EMS work together to provide outstanding coverage for SO competitions. Today, all SOPA state-level events have interdisciplinary healthcare teams providing coverage for competition. Meyer was one of two athletic trainers with Team USA for the 1993 World Winter Games in Salzburg, Austria, and the only athletic trainer with Team Pennsylvania for 4 other World Games (’91, ’95, ’99, and ’01) traveling to Alaska and other US locations. A highlight of her illustrious career came in 2014 as Loretta Claiborne’s invited guest to President and Mrs. Obama’s dinner celebration, Special Olympics and A Unified Generation at the White House. While seated at the dinner table with the President, Linda had the opportunity to promote the athletic training profession and its relationship with SO.

Some of Dr. Meyer’s past recognitions include: Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame (2013), Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society-Distinguished Merit Award (2012), Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society-Service Award (2010), National Athletic Trainers’ Association-Service Award (2009), RSHS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Duquesne University Mission (2005), Special Olympics Pennsylvania Unsung Heroes Award (2000).

A final quote by Dr. Meyer: “Since the early 1990’s, I shared a life-changing opportunity with hundreds of athletic training students and athletic trainers as they volunteered for the SOPA State Winter Games and interacted with Special Olympics athletes. It is my hope that many of these AT students, now certified, have continued to volunteer for SO events across the nation and beyond, engaging other AT students to experience this incredible population; thus, continuing the tradition of paying it forward. While this ‘49 Club recognition may have my name tagged, I want to share it with all athletic trainers who have volunteered for Special Olympics events; you make a difference in the lives of these incredible athletes.