Miller honored by Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Sayers John Miller, III, assistant professor of kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, has received the Most Distinguished Alumni Award from the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) for 2013. He will be presented with the award on Feb. 20, at the PFATS annual meeting to be held in Indianapolis, Ind.

Miller was selected to receive the award for his outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training both during his tenure as an assistant athletic trainer with the San Francisco 49ers and after. He is the second assistant athletic trainer to receive the award, which usually is reserved for head athletic trainers.

"John has always been enthusiastic about the academic side of athletic training and continues to be an excellent clinician," said John Norwig, president of PFATS and head athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. "He is where he belongs in the classroom, educating future certified athletic trainers and applying his knowledge in the athletic training room to Penn State athletes and to those who are physically active in Centre County. I am proud to call him a friend and alumnus of PFATS."

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 49ers during which the team won the Super Bowl. He later served 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 10 years.

Miller eventually returned to Penn State, where he earned a doctoral 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.

PFATS is a professional association whose members are the athletic trainers of the National Football League (NFL). PFATS provides, leads and manages health care for NFL athletes, club employees and members of the NFL community.

Last Updated January 09, 2015