Athletic Trainer Award
pictured center) is the recipient of the 2005 Michigan
Athletic Trainers’ Society Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.
She was honored recently at the 14th Annual Michigan Athletic Trainers
Society Educational Conference in East Lansing.
first came to NMU in 1990 as an athletic trainer and coordinator
of student development in the athletic training non-degree program.
In 1999, she transferred to the health, physical education and recreation
department. She was responsible for planning, implementing and directing
the new baccalaureate program.
also implemented the injury and
evaluation care clinic that opened at the PEIF last fall. She helps
supervise athletic training students who evaluate and assess patients
with musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains, strains and contusions,
and also provide primary injury treatment, home exercise care plans,
athletic taping and bracing, and information on physician care and
physical therapy services related to sports injuries.
was mostly the educational aspect that drew me to the athletic training
field, which was why I made the shift from the athletics department
to the HPER department,” said Rochester. “I enjoy working closely
with students and teaching them what they need to know to go out
there and get good jobs in the field. I was pretty surprised when
I learned that I’d be receiving this award because I know people
who’ve received it in the past and never considered myself to be
at their level. But I’m very excited, and it’s a great honor to
represent NMU for this award.”
has teaching experience in about nine health promotion/athletic
training courses at NMU and has been actively involved in the campus
visit program, the student leader fellowship program, and the student
athletic training organization. She also works with Peninsula Partnerships
for Safety, and “SAFE KIDS” of Marquette and Alger county.