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2018 ACSM Election

Trustee Candidate: Education & Allied Health

Tamerah N. Hunt, Ph.D., AT,  FACSM
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Graduate Program Coordinator
Georgia Southern University
School of Health and Kinesiology
Statesboro, GA

1.  Please list your previous ACSM service.

My service to ACSM began through dissemination of research at meetings as a clinician-scientist. I have had the opportunity to present numerous symposia, tutorials and free communications at both regional and national levels. Additionally, I have served as a discussant and session chair for tutorials, symposia, clinical case and thematic poster sessions within the Annual Meeting. Lastly, my research background in mild traumatic brain injury and clinical sports medicine has resulted in the request to provide expertise as a reviewer for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® .

As a former Leadership and Diversity Training Program (LDTP) participant, the exemplary mentorship I received prompted me to give back and become a mentor for the LDTP. I have also served as a faculty mentor for the FASEB MARC, which provided opportunities for exceptional underrepresented athletic training students to become engaged in ACSM. This led to their continued membership and passion for the organization. 

While mentorship is very important to me, I have served as the Minority Health and Research Special Interest Group co-chair, and as a member of the Clinical Sports Medicine Committee and the Credentialing Committee. For me, success is a journey, not a destination, and I believe that serving as a board of trustee member would fulfill the next step on my journey to success. 

2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?

I believe that ACSM’s greatest strength is its ability to bring together a diverse group of professionals who share a common bond to provide quality health care and sport safety.  As a clinician-scientist and educator, I believe that strengthening the College’s impact can be done through educating and mentoring students and young professionals about ACSM’s interdisciplinary nature, which involves clinical care, education, research and community engagement. I strive to balance these roles with my service to organizations such as USA Football, Ohio Traumatic Brain Injury Team, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, and other organizations.  

While ACSM is striving to increase ethnic, gender, cultural, and professional diversity, this can, at times, occur in silos.  Researchers will disseminate their findings in journal publications and presentations, clinicians will work in the communities to improve health care for their population, and educators will teach their students and mentees how to support the College. I have learned through my work with ACSM and NATA that organizations obtain excellence when work is accomplished across disciplines. We cannot just participate within an individual discipline; rather, we must collaborate and take everyone (the basic scientists, clinicians and educators) into the conference proceedings, classroom and community working towards the common goal of spreading our reach globally.

 3.  ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role. 

I believe that I am a strong athletic trainer, clinician, educator, and researcher. I have been fortunate to integrate my research, clinical practice, and educational background to support and represent the needs of my community partners.

Currently, I am a member of the medical advisory board for USA Football and a volunteer athletic trainer with Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation youth sports program. These roles enable me to extend my expertise to provide safety and education for everyone involved in youth sports on the local, regional and national level. 

Additionally, I served as the medical liaison to the Columbus City Schools Traumatic Brain Injury Team and the Ohio Brain Injury Association and was a grant reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Field Initiated Projects. These programs provide support and education for those with brain injury, as well as administrators, coaches, peers, and their caregivers.

I have consulted with the Marion Blue Racers Arena Football Team as the liaison for medical services, and consulted on educational and management strategies for both Georgia and Ohio High School Athletic Associations.

Lastly, I have served with the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation.  



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