Local athletic trainers, Cynthia Lynn Kramer of Notre Dame High School and Rachelle (Nikki) Peacock of Bakersfield Christian High School, named regional nominees for The Newell 2017 National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award

Cynthia Lynn Kramer, certified athletic trainer at Notre Dame High School, and Rachelle (Nikki) Peacock, athletic trainer at Bakersfield Christian High School, were recently named the regional nominees for The Newell 2017 National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. As the regional nominees, Kramer and Peacock advanced on to join other regional nominees from across the nation to be considered The Newell Award 2017 National Athletic Trainer of the Year.

In partnership with local leading orthopedic practices such as Southern California Orthopedic Institute, The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide local athletic communities. Based on examples of service, leadership and shared experiences from community members, nominees for The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award are determined regionally. Several hundred exceptional shared experiences from community members were received in support of Kramer and Peacock’s regional nominations for the National Award.

“The outpouring of support from community members on behalf of these two professionals has been tremendous and certainly well-deserved,” says Dr. Richard Ferkel, sports medicine surgeon with Southern California Orthopedic Institute. “We feel honored to acknowledge their efforts by partnering with The Newell Award to recognize the region’s top athletic trainers for the service and leadership they display while treating our community athletes.”

Kramer received her bachelor of arts degree in physical education from California State University in Northridge and taught elementary physical education for five years before she went back and got her masters of sports science degree at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. In 2007, she co-founded the National Honor Society of Sports Medicine-National High School Sports Medicine Association to bring recognition to students excelling in their high school sports medicine programs and create enthusiasm for scholarship in the area of sports medicine. She also teaches sports medicine classes and is a preceptor for the Athletic Training Educational Program at California State University, Northridge.

Peacock received her bachelor of science degree from Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, she then went on to earn her masters of science degree from California Polytechnic State University. She is a member of the International Sports and Sciences Association, the National Health and Exercise Science Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

“The incredible shared experiences that poured in from community members were a testament to the caliber of the athletic trainers we get to work with,” said Dr. Andrew Blecher, primary care sports medicine specialist at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. “Partnering with The Newell Award has been a great reminder to our communities how lucky we all are to have them on the sidelines caring for our student athletes.”

In addition to Kramer and Peacock, there were several other exceptional candidates considered for regional nomination for The Newell 2017 National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award including Wade Anderson of Oaks Christian School, Lindsay Brown of Taft Union High School, Eric Dick of Sierra Canyon High School, Adee Donaldson of Crespi Carmelite High School, Eli Hallak of Saint Francis High School, Marissa Harris of Bishop Alemany High School, Molly Herrera of Saugus High School, Drew Kempf of Campbell Hall Episcopal, Joshua Masmela of Hart High School, Jamie Ralph of Garces Memorial High School, Robert Ruiz of Harvard-Westlake School, Kylie Christine Trammell of West Ranch High School and Mark Waters of Stockdale High School.