Athletic Trainer’s Society of New Jersey Holds 31st Annual Conference and Welcomes Two Into Hall of Fame

“I will not stand up here and make empty promises to you, but I will promise to work hard with the executive council to make things happen and listen to you as a membership.” – Christina Emrich

This year’s ATSNJ Annual Conference took place on February 26th and 27th at the Double Tree by Hilton in Somerset, New Jersey. The conference went back to the two-day format and was the best attended, with a total of 204 certified and 86 student attendees. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) were offered to those who attended the lectures and workshops offered in this year’s program.

The conference started Sunday with an executive council meeting and then a strategic planning session with the executive council and ATSNJ individual committees. At 1:00pm, lectures began including two evidence based programs. Following lectures, the student quiz bowl took place, in which Jasmine Brown from Seton Hall took first place. Sunday night was also host to a social event for all conference attendees. There was a surprise guest; Mike Paladino, a magician for some fun entertainment. This social event proved to be a great way for athletic trainers from all over New Jersey to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues.

On Monday, the conference included one evidence based program and a Keynote address from Kevin Saum. Kevin is the creator of the Heads ‘N Tales Podcast, which was started as Kevin’s response to suffering a traumatic brain injury during a high school football game. Kevin interviews athletes who have overcome adversity as well as physicians, athletic trainers and other individuals who work so diligently to keep athletes safe. Kevin walked the audience through his survival of second impact syndrome and the challenges he…

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