Athletic trainers Kim Deaver, of Lakeridge High School; Becca Feuerherd, of West Linn High School; and Jeff Kraayeveld, of Skyview High School, have a chance to become the athletic trainer selected as the Regional Nominee for The 2018 – 2019 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. The athletic trainer selected as the Regional Nominee will advance on to join other Regional Nominees from across the nation to be considered for the National Award. The Regional Nominee will be announced later this spring.

In partnership with local leading orthopedic practices, such as Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery in Vancouver as well as Portland and Lake Oswego, Oregon, The 2018 – 2019 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide to local athletic communities. Nominations for the National Award are based on examples of service, leadership and shared experiences from community members, and nominees are determined regionally. 

Deaver has served as an athletic trainer at Lakeridge High School for over 12 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sports science at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Deaver went on to earn a Master of Education degree in developmental kinesiology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. When she is not at Lakeridge High School, she is covering lacrosse events for local university club teams, youth camps and tournaments.

Feuerherd provides sports medicine services to the athletes of West Linn High School as an athletic trainer. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, she attended graduate school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. There, she earned a master’s degree in one of the most intensive and rigorous post-professional athletic training programs in the nation. Now, as an athletic trainer for West Linn High School and Active Edge Physical Therapy, she works with private patients at the clinic and student-athletes at the school.

In practice since 2002, Kraayeveld specializes in injury prevention and rehabilitation of overhead athletes, concussion management, and ACL rehabilitation in the clinic setting. He graduated from Washington State University in Pullman with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training. He previously completed an internship with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and was the co-head athletic trainer for the Portland Lumberjax, a professional lacrosse team. Kraayeveld has provided athletic training services for the last nine years for Skyview High School, and he supported the implementation of the Vancouver School District concussion protocol. He has developed a throwing program specializing in video analysis of the throwing motion, and he works closely with local youth, high school and collegiate baseball athletes.

“We feel very fortunate to work with such incredible medical professionals,” says Dr. James Chesnutt, specialty-trained sports medicine doctor at Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery. “And we feel honored to acknowledge their efforts by partnering with The Newell Award to recognize the region’s—and potentially, the nation’s—top athletic trainers for the service and leadership they display while treating our community’s athletes.”

To learn more, visit TheNewellAward.com/ReboundMD.