Athletic training and sports medicine professor receives Athletic Trainer Service Award

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Susan Norkus

June 3, 2013 - Susan Norkus, a professor of athletic training and sports medicine in the School of Health Sciences, received the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Athletic Trainer Service Award on June 26 at NATA's 64th annual meeting and symposium in Las Vegas. 

The Athletic Trainer Service Award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. Recipients of this award have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer. To be eligible, the recipient has to be a NATA member for at least 15 years and hold 15 years of certification.

"Contributing to the NATA, as well as regional and state associations, has always been important to me," Norkus said. "I have been fortunate to have had great mentors who taught me through their involvement how imperative it is to serve and give back to your profession. I'm honored and humbled to both win the award, and be nominated by a respected colleague. It is a blessing to work with those who support your efforts and demonstrate the same commitment to our profession.  I look forward to continuing to represent Quinnipiac University and serve the athletic training profession through further local and national involvement."  

Stephen Straub, professor of athletic training and sports medicine, nominated Norkus for the award. "It's very exciting to see Susan being recognized for all the work she does in support of both the athletic training profession and broader health care initiatives," Straub said. "In particular, she has been very active in the growth and professional development of our student population.  Under Susan's leadership, Quinnipiac students have become involved with the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, the Button-Up CT program along with the annual Connecticut Hit the Hill day in Hartford. Her dedication and service in these aspects of education and health care is exemplary and she stands as a role model for our students."

Norkus joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 2000, and serves as clinical coordinator for the athletic training and sports medicine program. She earned her doctorate in health science and biomechanics from the University of Toledo. She holds a master's degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University. She also has a bachelor's degree in health fitness from Springfield College.