2013-2014 Athletic Training Residents Announced
NHMI has announced its 2013-2014 sports medicine residents. NHMI's residency provides education and experience for athletic trainers. Earlier this year it became the first residency to receive national accreditation. The program accepts two candidates each year. After a competitive process, NHMI is pleased to welcome Kevin Silva and Max Cohen.
Kevin Silva is originally from Hudson, NH. He attended Alvirne High School then went on to Plymouth State University. Kevin went to Ohio University after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Plymouth. This month he will receive his Masters of Science in Athletic Training from OU. Kevin has been recognized with many awards and scholarships.
Max Cohen attended high school in Shoreham, NY. He will graduate from Boston University's Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences this month. Max has received many honors and awards during his career at Sargent. He will also graduate Magna Cum Laude.
Although both Kevin and Max are from the northeast, NHMI's residency has attracted candidates from across the country. Alumni from the program are spread throughout the nation.
Abstracts Accepted for Presentation at NATA
Abstracts explaining the results of research conducted by 2012-2013 residents Justin Bric and Sossan Al-Darraji (along with Erik Swartz, Laura Decoster, Jason Mihalik and Brandon Hall) have been accepted for presentation at this summer's convention in Las Vegas. Justin's abstract, "The Effects of Equipment Design on Cervical Spine Motion, Removal Time, and Difficulty during Football Shoulder Pad Removal," reports on the head motion induced, the time required complete shoulder pad removal and perceived difficulty. This study compared traditional shoulder pad removal to removal of the new quick-release RipKord shoulder pad system. Sossan's abstract, "A Comparison of Emergency Facemask and Helmet Removal Effectiveness with Various Football Helmets and Facemask Attachment Systems," reports the head motion induced and the time required to remove either the facemask or the helmet. Helmets included in this study incorporated quick-release technology. Brandon Hall was an undergrad research assistant on this project. He analyzed another portion of the data for an NATA abstract entitled, "Velocity and Acceleration of the Head during Emergency Shoulder Pad Removal." This abstract is a finalist for undergraduate poster of the year. Congratulations to the researchers! This research was supported by a grant from the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association.
2013 Letendre Scholarship Awarded
The 2013 Bertrand & Blanche Letendre Student Athletic Training Summer School Scholarship has been awarded to Tyler Robbins. Mr. Robbins attends Valley Christian High School in San Jose, CA. This scholarship provides funds for students interested in careers in the sports medicine field of athletic training to attend a summer camp focused on athletic training. Tyler became interested in the field after a sports-related knee injury sidelined him from football last fall. Tyler spends summers in Massachusetts. He will attend the camp at Springfield College.
The Letendre scholarship is funded by Manchester, NH native, Mark Letendre and other donors. Mr. Letendre attended Central High School then studied athletic training at the University of Maine-Orono. He spent many years as a Major League Baseball athletic trainer with San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. Mr. Letendre currently serves as MLB's Director of Umpire Medicine. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, NH.