Miller Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Award

Sayers John Miller, III, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State, has received the 2012 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Continuing Education Excellence Award.

The award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training in the area of continuing education. In particular, the award recipient must have demonstrated noteworthy commitments to continuing education via creative works, volunteer service, speaking engagements, and other distinguished professional activities. Miller will be presented with the award on June 27 during the NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia to be held in St Louis, Mo.

Miller received a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Penn State and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Stanford University. He then served as an assistant athletic trainer with the San Francisco Forty Niners and as the athletic trainer for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France. He also owned an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Seattle, Wash., for ten years.

Miller eventually returned to Penn State, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in kinesiology in 2001. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology as an assistant professor. Since that time, he has conducted research on orthopaedic injury rehabilitation, including manual therapy, functional testing, and outcome assessment. He also has practiced as a physical therapist at the Penn State Center for Sports Medicine. In addition, he has pursued extensive continuing education in the areas of manual therapy and spinal dysfunction and has presented nationally and internationally on these subjects.


Editors: Sayers John Miller, III, can be reached at and 814-865-6782. For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or