Oakwood director honored as Athletic Trainer of the Year

Jeffrey Kline, director of Sports Medicine for Oakwood Healthcare, was honored recently by the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS) with the High School Athletic Trainer of the Year award.

The award is given to an athletic trainer who has made significant contributions to the field and served as a mentor to others, according to Sandy Nogle, chair of the Honors and Awards Committee with MATS.

The Oakwood Sports Medicine department provides outreach medical services to area high schools and Wayne State University. Comprised of orthopedic and sports medicine physicians, physiatrists, family physicians, pediatricians, athletic trainers and physical therapists the sports medicine team is dedicated to improving the health of the community of the safety of athletes of all ages, and Kline has been heavily involved in those initiatives.

Kline joined Oakwood in 1992, and now has more than 20 years of on-the-field training. He continues to provide valuable sports medicine education in the community to coaches, parents and athletes. He has also served on the medical staffs for the following events: World University Games (1993), Paralympic Games (1996), World University Games (USOC-1999), MHSAA Wrestling Finals (since 1990) and the NCAA Championships (2009). Additionally, Kline has served as the athletic trainer for Coast to Coast Athletics since 2001. Kline is a member of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, National Athletic Trainers Association, a licensed athletic trainer in Michigan, a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association and holds the Performance Enhancement Specialist credential.

The Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society is a professional membership organization for athletic trainers (AT), athletic training students, and others who seek to advance the profession of athletic training in the State of Michigan and is affiliated with the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of people - not just athletes participating in sports. NATA represents more than 34,000 members in the U.S. and internationally, and there are about 40,000 ATs practicing nationally.