Let's meet the 2015 Judging Panel in alphabetical order.
Dr. Dennis Dolny received his BA and MS in Physical Education from Wake Forest University and PhD from Kent State University in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. For 24 years, he was on faculty at the University of Idaho where he also directed the Human Performance Laboratory. In 2008, he accepted the Department Head position in Health, Physical Education & Recreation in the College of Education & Human Services at Utah State University. He has chaired ten doctoral committees and published 30 peer-reviewed research articles. At USU, his laboratory collaborates with USU Sports Medicine examining the role of hydrotherapy in rehabilitation following lower extremity surgical procedures and joint replacement in the elderly.
Murphy Grant, who has been a Division I athletic trainer for ten years, is entering into his eighth year as head football athletic trainer and his sixth as Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Kansas. Grant came to KU after five years as the athletic trainer for the men’s basketball program at Oklahoma State. He also served as the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning coach for two seasons. In addition to his athletic training work at OSU and Kansas, Grant has also worked with the television show The Biggest Loser, designing workout programs for its contestants, specifically regimens affiliated with HydroWorx. Additionally, Grant has spent time working with the Chelsea Football Club of the English Premiere League and also Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. With his vast knowledge of aquatic therapy, he has been a lecturer at several aquatic based seminars.
With over 20 years of performance training experience spanning all levels of competition across 31 different sport disciplines, Lance is currently the Global Director of Performance at Michael Johnson Performance (MJP). He directs global operations for the company in the USA, as well as locations in China and England. Prior to coming to MJP in 2007, he served as Director of Performance Training at Integrated Athletic Development responsible for the training and/or physical rehabilitation needs of over 500 active professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, CBA and CFL. Lance specializes in the return-to-sport phases of rehabilitation, preventative training prescription and spine stabilization progressions. He currently works closely with the Dallas Stars, England Football Association, Brazil Olympic and Paralympic Comittee in seasonal player evaluations and corrective exercise prescriptions and lectures internationally on topics such as spine safety in strength training, biomechanics of human performance and youth training systems for long-term athletic development.
The 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) Selection Process:
Submission proposals will close at 11:59pm EDT on Friday, May 1, 2015. A minimum of one person from each department from HydroWorx will read through each proposal and independently vote on their top submissions. The submissions with the most votes internally will be presented to our panel of judges and the general public for voting.
Upon selecting the top stories, a public voting page will be opened. Voting will be open until June 17, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT. Individuals are allowed to vote once per day. At the conclusion of the open voting period, the winner of the public’s vote will count as 1 vote. The finalists will also go through a judging process by a panel of six independent judges which will each count for 1 vote toward the winner for a total of 7 votes to determine the overall winner.
The winner of the 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) will be announced in the HydroWorx Booth, #1723, at the National Athletic Trainers Association’s 66th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO on Thursday, June 25, 2015.