In June 2015, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Department of Kinesiology Chair Dr. Sandy Shultz will receive her crowning achievement: induction into the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Hall of Fame. Shultz is one of eight professionals selected nationally this year and joins more than 250 trainers chosen to date.In announcing this year's inductees, NATA noted, "These men and women have shaped the profession through their noteworthy accomplishments and dedication to service, leadership, and professionalism."
Commitment to Research and Education
A UNCG faculty member since 2002, Shultz became department chair in 2013. She is a renowned expert on female athletes' ACL knee injuries, about which she has published more than 60 journal articles and received more than $1.6 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the NATA Foundation and NFL Charities. Her research explores risk factors and prevention strategies associated with women's ACL injuries.
In addition Dr. Shultz, along with Program Director Dr. Pam Kocher Brown and other renowned Kinesiology faculty, pionered UNCG's online Doctor of Education in Kinesiology, an interdisciplinary program for practicing professionals who have at least three years of professional experience and who are looking for a doctorate focused on scholarship and professional practice in leadership, advocacy, and teaching. The innovative four-year, cohort-based online program is currently the only one of its kind in the country.
Among Dr. Shultz's other NATA honors, she won the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, the 2012 Sayer "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator, 2005 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and 2003 Freddie H Fu New Investigator Awards. She earned her Ph.D. in Sports Medicine fromt he University of Virginia in 1999 and served for 12 years as Associate Director of Women's TRACC Sports Medicine and Associate Director of Athletic Training and Rehabilitation at UCLA.
Of her 2015 NATA Award, Dr. Shultz says, "It's difficult to adequately put into words what this recognition means. Since 1980, I have been to every NATA Hall of Fame induction ceremony except one. I have so much respect for these men and women and have been privileged to work with and learn from many of them. To be joining their ranks is absolutely the greatest honor of my career."