July 8, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University Associate Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator Barry Lippman was recently honored with the HydroWorx Excellence in Aquatics Award for his work in the rehabilitation of baseball's Jake Kane following an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder. Lippman received his honor on June 24 during a ceremony at the 2014 National Athletic Trainers Association's Annual Symposium in Indianapolis, Ind.
The award recognizes professionals who, despite all odds, garnered superior rehabilitation results through innovative, and sometimes unconventional, methods.
Lippman was selected as the winner via a result of five different votes. The public's vote counted as one vote, while each of the four members on the judging panel equated to one vote. The judges included well-respected members of the athletic training profession, including last year's winner, Eric Sugarman -- the head athletic trainer for the Minnesota Vikings who was recognized for his work with perennial All-Pro Adrian Peterson's recovery from an ACL tear.
"At Coastal Carolina we take pride in our unique methodology," said Lippman. "We focus not only on keeping our athletes safe and returning them to their sport, but also taking a comprehensive approach to optimizing performance using individualized programs based on sound assessment to develop the total student-athlete. The entire staff at Coastal Carolina is thankful for HydroWorx's recognition as it helps validate our efforts of proving the highest quality care."
After a successful progression of therapeutic exercise during both the off season and preseason, Kane was able to participate in the entire spring 2013 baseball season. He was able to increase his strength safely in the pool enough to complete a successful 2013 baseball season, which featured a .287 batting average with 49 hits and 23 RBI. Moreover, Kane had a hit in 19 of the final 23 games of the campaign, including eight multi-hit games, and batted a team-best .384 (28-for-73) over the span.