PSU’s Athletic Training Program Wins National Award

June 3rd, 2012 by blyndes


Plymouth, N.H. – Plymouth State University’s Athletic Training program has been recognized nationally with the 2012 Bill Cramer Professional Development Award. The cash award, provided by Cramer Sports Medicine, will support travel expenses for two PSU athletic training students to attend the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) conference in St. Louis, Mo., later this month. Ed Christman, the Marketing Vice President from Cramer Products, said PSU was chosen for the national prize because of the work its students undertake in the local and regional community and for the quality of its academic program.

“You are to be commended on the professionalism you demonstrate, the number of successful graduates that are currently serving as sports medicine health care specialists and the commitment of the entire program as volunteers to many worthwhile and community serving projects,” Christman said.

Dr. Julie Bernier, PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the award is a deserving tribute to one of Plymouth State’s most successful academic programs.

“Having our Athletic Training program receive the Bill Cramer Professional Development Award is a great honor,” said Bernier. “Our students, faculty, and staff are an extremely dedicated group.  They volunteer to provide athletic training services at events around the region including the Highland Games and the Boston Marathon and they’ve provided professional development opportunities for regional EMT’s on spine boarding and helmet removal.  It’s great to see them recognized for their work and I’m especially pleased that it means some of our students will have the opportunity to attend the National Symposium this year.”

Dr. Linda S. Levy, Athletic Training Program Director and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance, was pleasantly surprised when Christman called her to share the news that PSU was selected as this year’s winner.

“This national award honors our students for their dedication to their academic pursuits and their dedication to serving Plymouth State and the greater Plymouth community,” said Levy. “I am so proud of them.”

Cramer Products has led the sports medicine industry for nearly 95 years; the company is a founding member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. In 2007, Cramer sponsored the first Collegiate Sports Medicine Leadership Workshop to help young athletic trainers gain knowledge, get experience and prepare them to be leaders in the profession. This is the fifth year the company has presented the Bill Cramer Professional Development Award.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or

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