DETROIT – Marloes Blokdijk, an athletic trainer in the Division of Sports Medicine at Henry Ford Health System, was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
The distinguished award recognized Blokdjik for her outstanding medical care and leadership as the lead athletic trainer for Lawrence Technological University. Lawrence Tech’s men’s and women’s sports team compete in the WHAC.
In 2011, Blokdijk was assigned lead athletic trainer at Lawrence Tech, which had five sports team at the time. As the number of sports team grew to 26 teams today, so did the athletic trainer’s program under Blokdijk’s leadership. She was also instrumental in designing the university’s training room to meet the needs of student-athletes.
Lawrence Tech’s athletic training program “strives thanks to Marloes’ dedication and vision,” athletic director Scott Trudeau said in an announcement from the athletic conference. “Her approach is simple – she cares about the person first and the injury second.”
Blokdijk is an athletic training graduate of Eastern Michigan University and earned a master’s degree in sport administration from Wayne State University. She joined Henry Ford in 2000.
She is the second Henry Ford athletic trainer honored with an Athletic Trainer of the Year award in two years. In 2018, Nick Parkinson was recognized for his exceptional performance as lead athletic trainer at the University of Detroit-Jesuit High School by the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society.
Henry Ford athletic trainers support athletic programs at more than 20 high schools and universities throughout the tri-county area. They work with physicians to prevent, evaluate, diagnosis, treat and rehabilitate athletic injuries.
MEDIA CONTACT: David Olejarz / David.Olejarz@hfhs.org / 313.874.4094