Sport & Spine Rehab – Jena Etnoyer-Slaski, M.S.Ed, ATC
Mrs. Slaski is the Director of Clinical Research for Sport & Spine Rehab Clinical Research Foundation. As the Director of Clinical Research she identifies funding opportunities, presents and publishes current research findings, develops research initiatives, and conducts research at all 6 Sport & Spine Rehab locations. Her research areas include injury prevention, best practices, concussion evaluation and treatment, and effective treatment techniques including Biofreeze® and Thera-Band® products. In addition, Mrs. Slaski is the Director of Athletic Training in which she has created concussion management protocols, designed athletic training facilities, assisted with budget and inventory needs, established injury documentation processes, and coordinated care for athletic training services in the private school setting.
Mrs. Slaski is also a licensed athletic trainer with privileges in Virginia and Maryland and is an American Red Cross Instructor. She attended The Pennsylvania State University, and completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an Athletic Training emphasis. Upon graduating, she became a Board Certified Athletic Trainer. Mrs. Slaski continued her education by attending Old Dominion University, where she earned a Master’s of Science in Education.
As an athletic trainer at Old Dominion University, Mrs. Slaski worked with nationally ranked NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer and Women’s Basketball; both teams were Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Conference champions and attended the Sweet 16 in their respective national playoff brackets. Mrs. Slaski also worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Lehigh University where she was the primary athletic trainer for Field Hockey, Men’s Basketball, Baseball, and Rowing. Throughout her three years, Mrs. Slaski was apart of the Men’s Basketball 2009-20010 and 2011-2012 Patriot League Championships and First and Second Round NCAA appearances.
In addition to Mrs. Slaski’s extensive athletic training experience, she has devoted much attention to her research interests. While at Old Dominion University she focused her research in ACL injury risk factors, lower body biomechanics, and prevention programs. Mrs. Slaski also assisted with multiple research projects with different branches of the military, including US Navy Special Forces. She was able to continue her interests in research while at Lehigh University, where Mrs. Slaski was the Research Coordinator for a Philadelphia based company evaluating brainwaves in concussed Division I student-athletes.
Mrs. Slaski’s experience as an athletic trainer observing mismanaged injuries and student-athletes who were not educated on risks of injury has helped to shape her interest in research. These experiences have led to Mrs. Slaski’s passion for educating the public on concussion management as well as injury prevention strategies. The ability to provide treatment strategies based on evidence allows clinicians to deliver the best care possible and make sound clinical decisions.
As a student, Mrs. Slaski participated in the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world raising funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. She continues to support this charity as an alumna both through charitable donations and attending the yearly event. Mrs. Slaski, along with 30 family members, also participates in and raises money for the yearly Hummelstown-Hershey Relay For Life.
Mrs. Slaski lives in the Mount Airy, MD area with her husband Bryan and German Shepherd dog, Tonka. She enjoys reading mystery novels, true-crime TV and podcasts, yoga, and anything related to Penn State.