Tony Surace serves as clinical education coordinator and assistant professor of athletic training at Daemen College, having previously worked as an adjunct professor at Daemen and also at Niagara County Community College.
Surace has 23 years of experience as an athletic trainer, including most recently working as director of a sports medicine outreach program at a hospital in Niagara County. He has also been the athletic trainer at Niagara Falls High School for more than 20 years.
In addition, Surace is a primary instructor for Sports Medicine Concepts, Inc., where he teaches a continuing education course for sports health care professionals around the country. The course focuses on the management of potentially catastrophic injuries in athletics. He has presented on this topic at conferences and for organizations such as the NFL, NHL, National Athletics Trainers’ Association, New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association, colleges and universities, and sports medicine outreach programs.
His areas of research include management of the potentially spine injured athlete and concussion management. He has completed research in the area of concussion in conjunction with the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic. He also co-authored a study, “Exercise Stress Testing as a Valid Indicator of Concussion Recovery in Adolescents,” which was published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and has been involved in many other concussion related studies.
Surace earned a master’s degree in health and physical education at East Stroudsburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Canisius College.
Surace and his wife, Tammy, reside in Grand Island with their children, Jessica and Anthony. Outside Daemen, he enjoys spending time with his family and doing yardwork.