Professor Marjorie A. King
Plymouth, N.H.—Plymouth State University Professor Marjorie A. King was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame June 28 in St. Louis. King is associate professor and director of graduate athletic training education at Plymouth State University.
The hall of fame is the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive. Honorees are recognized for their work in advancing the athletic training profession, including scholarly research, clinical advancements and strong leadership. King is one of only 271 (12 female) inductees in the history of the National Athletic Training Association. Seventeen members were inducted this year.
King has dedicated her life to the profession. Her research and publishing activities, athletic training education accomplishments, work advancing women in the profession and clinical experience in multiple settings make her a respected mentor and much sought after presenter.
PSU Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier says, “Margie is an exceptional clinician, role model and mentor. Our undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from her expertise and mentorship. Margie is very deserving of this honor and it was a pleasure to see her inducted.”
King is the only woman to have been elected president of the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) in the organization’s 63 years. She served as the second chair of the NATA Women in Athletic Training Committee and was on the executive boards of the New Hampshire Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts.
At Plymouth State University, King says, she has opportunities to teach in the classroom on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, to administer/direct three levels of graduate programs and to work with the clinical staff, coaches and student athletes. “The ability to make change in students’ lives is probably what drew me to athletic training,” she says. “You are teaching them wellness choices for a lifetime.”
One of King’s current projects at PSU is a grant-funded study through the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities of the risk of balance-related falls to which elders are susceptible. Students in the project tested and studied results from 45 older adults at senior centers and retirement communities across New Hampshire. “I love watching the students reach their potential. I love the opportunity to say, ‘We can probably improve on that” and to see what they do with that information. The graduate and undergraduate students are leaving here with professional life skills that will serve them extremely well over time,” King says.
In addition to her hall of fame induction, King was also honored by EATA this year when they named the annual “Research to Reality” lecture series she created the Marjorie A. King Research to Reality” annual presentation.
Previous honors include receipt of the EATA Pinky Newell Scholarship and later an invitation to present the William “Pinky” Newell address, New Hampshire Distinguished Athletic Trainer of the Year, NATA Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, the NATA Service Award and the EATA Cramer Award for Leadership and Excellence in Athletic Training.
Linda Levy, chair of the health and human performance department at Plymouth State says, “Margie is a dedicated researcher and clinician who constantly asks herself the kind of questions that lead others to want to find the answers. Her induction into the NATA hall of fame is well earned, recognizing her many years of service to our students and our profession.”
Professor King holds a Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in exercise science from UMass Amherst, a B.S. in physical therapy from Simmons College and a B.S in medical technology from the University of New Hampshire. She is board certified in athletic training and physical therapy.