INDIANAPOLIS -- Jon Dana, director of sports medicine at the University of New Hampshire, received the 2014 Athletic Trainer Service Award (ATSA) by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) at the 65th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia on Friday, June 27 at the Indiana Convention Center.
The ATSA recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. ATSA recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer. No other award, NATA or otherwise, is a prerequisite for eligibility for the ATSA. Recipients of the award must be a member of NATA, have 15 years of Board of Certification status and be affiliated with NATA for 15 years.
“Jon is very deserving of this award and has been a stalwart in the training profession for a long time,” said UNH director of athletics Marty Scarano. “His service and commitment to our student-athletes is unparalleled. All young, aspiring health professionals would do well by observing people just like Jon.”
“Jon was a prime candidate for the award because of his volunteerism, participation and leadership at all levels,” said Dan Sedory, athletic training program director at UNH. “The breadth of his knowledge as well as his confidence and style is what we strive to do in the athletic training profession.”
“We are always excited to recognize the dedication, excellence, inspirational outlook and commitment of our honorees, and this year is no exception," said NATA honors & awards committee chair Chuck Kimmel, ATC. "These recipients serve as role models to their peers and represent some of the best of the best of the athletic training profession. We know they will continue to contribute to their place of work and their community at large in ensuring quality of care and optimal health moving into the years ahead.”
A native of Hempstead, N.Y., Dana graduated from Northeastern University in 1979. Currently serving as the primary contact for football and skiing, he started his athletic training career at the interscholastic level, working for Brookline and Newton South high shools. From there, Dana became the head athletic trainer at Fitchburg State University and worked with the Falcons from 1980-84. He subsequently transitioned to UNH where he has worked since then.
Dana began his tenure at UNH as an assistant athletic trainer and promoted to the men’s head athletic trainer in 1987. Afterwards, he was elevated to oversee the entire athletic training staff in 1989 and then named the UNH director of sports medicine in 2001.
Outside of his 30 years at UNH, Dana has demonstrated his skills in the international arena and several prominent athletic events.
Internationally, Dana has worked at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the 2007 Slalom World Cup in Prague for the U.S. Canoe/Kayak, the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic for the U.S. Men’s Team Handball squad and the 2002 Paralympics World Championships in Lille, France for the U.S. Track & Field Team.
In the United States, Dana has worked in several notable events, which includes the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Sacramento, Calif. and at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Since 1980, he has worked the Boston Marathon and captained the finish line medical area since 1996. Dana has also served as the drug testing site coordinator and head athletic trainer at various NCAA championship events, including men’s and women’s ice hockey, and skiing.
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