Murphy Wainer Athletic Trainer Honored at Pro
Football’s 101 Awards
By Deanna Thompson | Mar 23, 2020
Lindsey Braddock, a Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists employee who works off-site as the head athletic trainer at Page High School,
received national and state recognition recently for helping save the life of Page football player Taevone Johnson.
The 101 Awards, the nation’s longest-running awards program dedicated exclusively to the National Football League, honored Braddock at its
50th annual event on Feb. 29 in Kansas City, MO. During the awards ceremony, which is hosted by the Kansas City Chiefs, attendees heard the
story of how Braddock and assistant coach Chuck Mardis used an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to save Taevone’s life when he
collapsed during a football practice last fall. The 101 Awards went on to recognize the season’s top players and coaches, as selected by 101
members of the national media.
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Each year, the University of Kansas Health System partners with the 101 Awards to provide recognition at the event for an outstanding high
school athletic trainer who has performed an extraordinary act of service. Braddock was nominated for the 2020 honor by the National Athletic
Trainers’ Association and chosen from among a number of nominees across the country.
The idea behind the recognition is to make the awards audience aware of the critical role that high school athletic trainers play in the safety
of youth sports, said Charles Rozanski, vice president of orthopedics and sports medicine for the University of Kansas Health System.
“What we want to do is get the people in the room to turn their heads and say, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize athletic trainers did that,’” Rozanski
said. “We want the audience to examine who takes care of their kids or grandkids during athletic participation. Do they have the services of
an athletic trainer to protect their health and welfare?”
Braddock’s story, he said, was compelling and illustrated the lead role that athletic trainers often take in responding to emergency situations.
In addition to being recognized nationally at the 101 Awards, Braddock also received state recognition recently for her work to save Taevone’s
life. The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association presented Braddock with a 2020 NCATA Lifesaver award at that organization’s spring
conference in Wilmington on March 7. Previously, Braddock was recognized in December 2019 by the Guilford County Board of Education for
her lifesaving efforts.
Braddock works at Page High School as part of Murphy Wainer’s outreach program, which provides certified athletic trainers to seven Guilford
County high schools: Dudley, Northeast Guilford, Northern Guilford, Page, Smith, Southeast Guilford and Southern Guilford. The athletic
trainers work on-site at these schools to prevent and treat athlete injuries – and deliver lifesaving care when needed.
Murphy Wainer athletic trainer Lindsey Braddock (left) is shown at
the 101 Awards in Kansas City, MO, with Tamesha Logan and Marisa
Brunett, representatives of the National Athletic Trainers’
Association, which nominated Braddock for recognition at the event.
Lindsey Braddock (left) accepts a
Lifesaver award from Jim Bazluki,
president of the North Carolina
Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Representatives of the National Athletic Trainers’
Association film an interview with Lindsey Braddock (in
orange shirt, back to camera) about her efforts to save
Taevone Johnson’s life.
While in Kansas City for the
101 Awards, Lindsey Braddock
meets with the head athletic
trainer for the Kansas City
Chiefs, Rick Burkholder.
Lindsey Braddock is shown
with Tyrann Mathieu, safety
for the Kansas City Chiefs,
who was presented with the
Chiefs’ Most Valuable Player
Award at the 101 Awards.
Lindsey Braddock is shown with her parents, Eddie and Teresa Braddock,
after receiving a Lifesaver award from the North Carolina Athletic
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