UC Foundation Professor of Health and Human Performance Dr. Marisa Colston was honored by The Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society (TATS) with the Jerry Robertson Educator of the Year Award. The award was presented to her this month at the TATS Annual Awards Banquet at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
This award is given to an individual who is an Athletic Trainer in the educational setting and whose dedication and service to Athletic Trainer’s and/or Athletic Training Students exemplifies their desire to learn and/or teach regarding the profession of Athletic Training.
“The recognition is very much appreciated, and humbling, but the true credit goes to and comes from being blessed in having a wonderful support system, wonderful opportunities, and exceptional students at UTC,” Colston said.
The Jerry Robertson Educator Award is named for the former head athletic trainer Jerry Robertson of East Tennessee State University for his work in creating, implementing, and establishing the first undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program in the state.
Colston’s research areas include lumbar spine biomechanics and injury, ethical aspects of athletic training, and clinical case series.
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and making a difference in the profession. Marisa has done just that. She is a joy to work with and continues to lead the HHP Graduate Athletic Training program with distinction,” Dr. W. Leroy Fanning, UC Foundation Professor and Department Head of Health and Human Performance, said.