Thomas Kaminski

Thomas W. Kaminski, PhD, ATC is currently Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at the University of Delaware. He graduated from Marietta (Ohio) College with a BS degree in Sports Medicine in 1984, completed his MS degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Arizona in 1985, and earned his PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1996. Tom has the distinct honor of holding fellowship status in the American College of Sports Medicine FACSM), National Athletic Trainers’ Association (FNATA), and the Research Consortium of the Society of Health and Physical Educators’ (SHAPE America) (RFSA). In addition he was selected as the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Education Council Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award, June 2010; National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, June 2014; and most recently National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation 2016 NATA Foundation Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research. His peer-reviewed journal publications (100+) have appeared in many discipline specific journals including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, and the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is editor-in-chief of the SLACK, Inc. journal titled Athletic Training & Sports Health Care and serves on many editorial boards. He is a member of the Professional Development Committee of the NATA and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Footbeat/Avex LLC. He is a co-founder of the International Ankle Consortium (IAC) and serves to plan the triennial International Ankle Symposium. In addition to his research interest with ankle instability, Dr. Kaminski is a leading expert on issues related to purposeful heading in soccer and maintains a database established in 1998 examining purposeful headers in interscholastic and intercollegiate soccer during this time. He and his colleague Dr. Thomas Buckley (University of Delaware) are co-PI’s on the landmark NCAA/DoD CARE Consortium project examining the natural history of concussion in intercollegiate sports at the University of Delaware. Dr. Kaminski has also partnered with the United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer) and the United Soccer Coaches association to insure that youth soccer participants are safe, especially during purposeful heading of a soccer ball. His on-line educational and diploma course titled “Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer” is a foundational course for youth soccer coaches in the United States and abroad – https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/heading