- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - A leading University of New Hampshire researcher on the role of protective equipment in athletes has been recognized by a national association.

Erik Swartz researches the role of equipment such as helmets on preventing cervical spine and head injuries, particularly football players. He serves on the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine committee.

Swartz has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recipients.

The award recognizes people who have shown exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer.

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