BOSTON - Brant Berkstresser, Associate Athletic Director/Head Athletic Trainer was among 32 collegiate athletic trainers from across the country appointed to the National Athletic Trainers' Association's (NATA) newly formed Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM), which held its inaugural meeting in Houston, Texas, on June 26, 2017. The first council of its kind, the ICSM aims to address student-athlete health issues at the national level through a unique organizational structure that includes athletic trainers from NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and community colleges.
"We are extremely pleased to have Brant join this esteemed group of sports medicine professionals," said NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. "We look forward to the council's work with the NCAA and other national organizations to ensure that student-athletes receive the best possible health care through new policies and resources."
The ICSM meeting was held in conjunction with the 68th National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, featuring hundreds of educational sessions and the largest exhibition of athletic training products and services in the world.
Berkstresser began his tenure at Harvard in July of 2008 and now oversees Harvard's sports medicine department, including multiple team physicians, fifteen certified athletic trainers, sports dietician, chiropractor, radiologist technician and athletic training students. The department serves all 42 varsity sports. Brant works directly with Harvard's football team. In addition, he is also a preceptor within Boston University, Bridgewater State University, Lasell College and Salem State University undergraduate athletic training programs.
During his time at Harvard, he has also received several awards from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which oversees the athletic department. He was granted the Impact Leadership Award in 2010 and 2011, which recognizes high-achieving employees who consistently exhibit superior performance with exceptional effectiveness. Most recently he was a 2013 Dean's Distinction Award Winner, which recognizes a small number of FAS staff members for their outstanding citizenship and exceptional contributions in support of FAS's teaching and research mission.