Dr. Marjorie A. King, assistant professor of athletic training in the health and human performance department at Plymouth State University, is the recipient of the 2006 Pinky Newell Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association. As such, she will present the keynote address at the association’s meeting in Philadelphia in January. Her topic will be scholarship as a responsibility and opportunity for clinicians as well as academic faculty.
Phil Hossler, EATA president, wrote in the award letter to King, “Pinky Newell was a founding father, innovator and leader in the athletic training profession. His legacy is one to which we all aspire. … Your past and present activities within the profession certainly place you among the leaders in the nation. You have always represented the highest standards, and your drive to achieve is without equal.”
The Pinky Newell Award honors a certified athletic trainer who is a role model, has demonstrated lifelong commitment to the athletic training profession and has demonstrated continued learning and professional growth. The individual must also have demonstrated an impact on the profession at the state, regional or national level, and have been willing to share their knowledge and experience with others in the field through speaking, writing and research.
King received a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in 2005. She is also the 2004 recipient of a NATA Service Award.
She has served on more than 10 state, district, regional and national athletic training committees. PSU Associate Vice President Julie Bernier says, “Margie continues to develop the graduate athletic training program at Plymouth State University. She works tirelessly at developing her courses, supervising theses, serving on campus committees and working to develop and improve policies that will improve the graduate athletic training program.”
King has volunteered athletic training services at the Olympics, the Pan Am Games, the World Games, Junior World Games and the Boston Marathon and the Baystate Games, among others. Bernier says, “She is the ultimate professional.”
King has earned a national reputation for research in body core stability and is also interested in the role of motor learning in rehabilitation. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and has published extensively. She chairs research committees for EATA and the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is on the board of directors of the Neuromuscular Institute for Research. She also chairs the Women in Athletic Training Committee for NATA, is a member of the NATA Research and Education Foundation Committee and of the Strategic Health Initiative for Women, Sport and Physical Activity of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. King holds a Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in exercise science from UMass Amherst, a B.S. in physical therapy from Simmons College and a B.S. in medical technology from UNH. She is certified in athletic training, physical therapy and personal training.