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Catawba College Head Athletic Trainer Honored

March 25, 2013

Category: Academics, Faculty, Sport & Health Sciences


CasmusRobert Casmus, head athletic trainer at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, was one of two individuals inducted on March 23 into the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. The 36th annual NCATA Spring Awards and Business Meeting was held at Carolinas Healthcare System – Northeast in Concord.

Casmus has been head athletic trainer at Catawba College since July 1990. He has overseen the care of student athletes while also teaching in  the physical education/athletic training area. He has also been instrumental in fund-raising for the athletic training program to add key equipment and make other improvements. Casmus has spearheaded several community relations projects for Catawba’s student athletic trainers, including an annual Red Cross Blood Drive. He has authored several articles published in peer-reviewed journals and has made numerous presentation on a variety of topics in sports medicine both locally and nationally.

Casmus earned his undergraduate degree in Health Education from Temple University in Philadelphia and his graduate degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After moving to North Carolina, Casmus was head athletic trainer for five years at Chowan College in Murfreesboro before moving to Catawba College to become head athletic trainer.

He is a nationally certified athletic trainer through the Board of Certification in Omaha, Nebraska, a licensed athletic trainer in North Carolina, and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association. He currently serves on the board for the NATA National Hall of Fame Committee and has been a member of the Board of Certification Examination Development Committee since 1996.

In 2010, he received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. That award, presented at the annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., recognizes NATA members for their exceptional and unique contributions to the athletic training profession. It reflects a lifetime of dedication to the association and the field of athletic training at the national, district and local levels.

Casmus was named the NCATA College/University Athletic Trainer of the year in 2003 and 2008. He has been recognized nationally with the NATA Service Award (2005) and the NCAA Division II Athletic Trainer of the Year (2007).

He and his wife, the former Teresa Moore, reside in Salisbury and are parents of son Will.


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