Former NEPSAC Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) Chair, Jennifer Tirillo received the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association President’s Recognition Award
at its annual convention in January. The award is given to that person who shows unselfish and dedicated efforts that have advanced the EATA and the athletic training profession. EATA consists of over 8000 athletic trainers and athletic training students from Maine to Delaware. EATA provides educational sessions, scholarships and research grants to athletic trainers in District 1 and 2 of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
Tirillo left Cheshire Academy in 2018, but continues her work in athletic training. “I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to speak about mental health and the secondary school athlete at two regional athletic training conferences on the east coast in 2019,” she said. “In the spring of 2020, I will continue on to the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association meeting and then west to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association conference to again present on mental health to fellow ATs.
“For the past two years, I have been working as an injury prevention specialist in the workplace and the change in patient population has been a welcome one. The change in pace has afforded me to opportunity to tap into a greater range of my skillset. Rather than treating and rehabilitating athletic injuries, my role centers upon education, ergonomics/safety, and prevention of work-related injuries.
“I continue to be involved in advocacy of the profession by way of service in state, regional, and national committee work. Working with the athletic population will continue to be a passion of mine.”
Jennifer Tirillo served from 2012 - 2018 as chair of NEPSAC’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC), which promotes safe participation on sports and all aspects of health and wellness. The SMAC advises NEPSAC concerning sports medicine issues as they relate to rules writing, as well as other programs of NEPSAC. It also provides guidance and direction to NEPSAC and its membership relative to current sports medicine issues and collaborates with NEPSAC to educate its constituency concerning sports medicine and safety issues of general concern to the NEPSAC membership.