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Osakis athletic trainer vies for national award

Beth Swanson

Certified athletic trainer Beth Swanson, M.Ed., L.A.T., O.T.C., of Sauk Centre and Osakis public schools has been named the regional nominee for the 2018-2019 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.

Swanson joins other regional nominees from across the nation to be considered for the title of the Newell Award National Athletic Trainer of the Year to be announced in May.

In partnership with local orthopedic practices, such as Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, the award recognizes athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide to local athletic communities.

Nearly 200 exceptional shared experiences from community members were received in support of Swanson's regional nomination for the national award.

"The outpouring of support from community members on Ms. Swanson's behalf has been tremendous and certainly well-deserved," said Dr. Eric Nelson, board-certified sports medicine surgeon at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists. "We feel honored to acknowledge her 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's athletes."

Swanson has been an athletic trainer for over 10 years. She works with Osakis and Sauk Centre public schools and their athletes to help them return to play following an injury. She has also been active in legislative efforts, served on various committees and presented at conferences at the state, district and national levels.

Other candidates considered for regional nomination included Scott Scholl of Alexandria Area High School and Chris Siegel of Minnewaska Area High School and Hancock Public School.