United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich proudly announces Dr. William Prentice as the 2014 recipient of Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award for his contributions and achievements in the field of sports medicine.

Recognized as an author, educator, and clinician, Dr. Prentice is a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and has served as the program director of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) accredited Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1980.

Prentice is the author of 45 editions of nine different textbooks, published more than 95 journal articles and abstracts, and made more than 200 lectures and presentations. Prentice served as the athletic trainer for the women’s soccer program at North Carolina for 26 years beginning in 1980 and during that period, the team won 17 NCAA and one AIAW National Championships.

In 2004, Dr. Prentice was inducted into the NATA’s Hall of Fame, and in 2006, the Association established the William E. Prentice Scholarship that is presented annually in his honor. In 2008, he was selected in the inaugural class as an NATA Fellow, and in 2011, Dr. Prentice was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in 2012.

Dr. Prentice has been the recipient of numerous other awards from NATA, including most notably the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator Award in 1999; the Educational Multimedia Committee Videotape Production Award in 1997; and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1999.

He received both his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Delaware, a PhD degree in sports medicine and applied physiology from the University of Virginia and a BSPT degree in physical therapy from North Carolina.

Dr. Prentice started his career as an assistant athletic trainer at Temple University prior to beginning his PhD at Virginia. He also served for 10 years as the Director of Sports Medicine Education for the Healthsouth Corporation.

The United States Sports Academy’s Award of Sport program is a long-standing awards program within the Academy, dating back to 1985. The recipients of the awards will be recognized in an awards ceremony in November.

The 2013 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award was presented to Dr. Cindy Chang, USA Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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