Ithaca College Faculty Member Receives National Athletic Training Award

ITHACA, NY — Paul Geisler, associate professor and program director of exercise and sport sciences at Ithaca College, received a 2012 Athletic Trainer Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the athletic training profession. The award was presented by the National Athletic Trainers Association at its annual meeting in June.

“I’m honored to receive this award, and grateful to Doctor Kent Scriber, professor of exercise and sport sciences, for nominating me,” Geisler said. “It’s heartening to be recognized for all the things I’ve done over the years for the profession, my students and the various communities in which I’ve lived.”

A certified athletic trainer, Geisler has practiced athletic training for 25 years in various high schools, sports medicine clinics, sports performance centers, and professional and university sports. In addition, he has been an athletic training educator and program director for the last 14 years. His published research findings focus on the development of professional practice in athletic training education as well as sports performance and clinical outcomes, with particular emphasis in golf, throwing sports and groin and pelvis injuries.

His service commitments include sitting on the editorial boards and reviewing manuscripts for three athletic training journals as well as membership on regional and national professional committees. He was a volunteer athletic trainer at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the 1994 World Cup USA, and he has provided athletic training services to the Lansing High School boys soccer team for the last several years.

“In my work, I am deeply interested in the clinical thinking processes of novice and experienced clinicians and creative ways to teach thinking,” Geisler said. “I aim to further advance the profession of athletic training by producing higher quality clinicians that are capable of addressing complex clinical problems and providing effective patient care over the course of their careers.”

Geisler holds a doctorate of education in curriculum studies from Georgia Southern University, a master’s in exercise physiology and sports medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s in sports medicine from Marietta College.

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Paul Geisler with Marjorie Albohm, president of the National Athletic Trainers Association.