Western’s Handlos named Frontier Athletic Trainer of the Year

DILLON — Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson announced today that Montana Western Athletic Trainer, Dr. Janelle Handlos, has been named the 2014-15 Frontier Conference Athletic Trainer of the Year.

Handlos automatically becomes a finalist for the NAIA National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.

The recognition, which is voted on by Paulson and the athletic directors of the Frontier conference, was awarded to Handlos for her exceptional treatment and prevention, leadership, and commitment to the athletes at Montana Western.

Receiving awards is nothing new for Handlos, who recently received the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (NWATA) Excellence in Service Award.

Handlos goes above and beyond her job description when dealing with patient care. Russ Richardson, athletic trainer and associate professor of health and human performance, said, “Janelle is viewed as a leader with great character and integrity. She is a tireless worker, giving of herself without recognition and often behind the scenes.”

On top of the countless hours that Handlos has worked, ensuring that Montana Western’s student athletes prevent injuries and recover properly, she also serves on the board of directors for the Southwest Montana Community Health Clinic and voluntarily teaches first aid and CPR classes throughout the region. Handlos works with the local emergency medical service providers to ensure optimal care in emergency situations involving student athletes.

Handlos is actively involved in legislative issues relating to the improvement of healthcare for Montana athletes and has served on NWATA’s scholarship committee awarding over $100,000 to students in the northwest.

She has been the treasurer of the Montana Athletic Trainers’ Association for the past 10 years and was recently selected by the NWATA to present her original research titled “The Importance of Leadership, Management, and Personal Characteristic Competencies in College and University Athletic Trainers.”

Handlos receives this award in her final year as the Head Athletic Trainer at Montana Western, having served this position multiple times, she has also served as the Interim Athletic Director, Sports Information Director, and professor of health and human performance. Handlos will be transitioning into a full time assistant professor of health and human performance at Montana Western.

Handlos graduated from Montana Western in 2000 with a bachelor of science in secondary education, health and human performance and a minor in English.

— Montana Western Sports Information

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