The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has named Dr Daniel Lorenz its Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year for 2018.

Lorenz is director and co-owner of Overland Park, Kan-based outpatient physical therapy practice Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (SSOR), part of Alliance Physical Therapy Partners (Alliance PT).

He is reportedly the 17th physical therapy practitioner to receive this accolade. Winners are selected by the NSCA’s Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Special Interest Group based on contributions to their communities and to the field of sports medicine/rehabilitation for athletes, according to a media release from Alliance Physical Therapy Partners.

“As a physical therapy clinician myself, I congratulate Dr Daniel Lorenz on achieving this prestigious award,” says Richard Leaver, COO of Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, in the release.

“His commitment to working with patients and helping them achieve optimal athletic performance while also educating other practitioners about innovative methods and treatments for helping athletes recover from injuries, makes him a national leader in the field of clinical excellence. He is a credit to his patients and his community, as well as Alliance PT as a whole,” Leaver adds.

Prior to establishing SSOR, Lorenz was director of rehabilitation and an assistant athletic trainer for the Kansas City Chiefs. He also completed the Duke University Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship and an internship with the Chicago White Sox.

Currently, he is Chair of the Sports Performance Enhancement Special Interest Group for the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (“APTA”). In May 2018, he served on the medical staff for the USA Weightlifting Nationals held in Kansas City.

Lorenz has frequently presented at local, state, and national conferences on sports and orthopedic physical therapy and athletic performance. He received the NSCA’s Editorial Excellence Award for his work with the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

His other awards include the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section’s inaugural Presidential Award for the Special Interest Group Chair of the Year in 2014, and the inaugural Distinguished Physical Therapy Alumni Award from his alma mater, Grand Valley State University, that same year.

In addition, he established the ASPIRE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping young athletes, coaches, and parents avoid injuries, per the release.

[Source(s): Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, PR Newswire]