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Orlando Magic

Address: 400 W. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801
Arena Name: Amway Center
Phone: (407) 916-2400
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Ernest Eugene

Head Athletic Trainer
Education: East Tennessee State University (Ed.D.); The Ohio State University (MS); George Washington University (BS)
Hometown: Washington, DC
NBATA Member Since: 2018
Ernest Eugene begins his second season as Head Athletic Trainer of the Orlando Magic. He joins Orlando after spending four seasons (2014-18) as Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Eugene came to Virginia Tech following six seasons (2008-14) as the Athletic Trainer for the Men’s Basketball program at Marquette University, where he was promoted to Director of Sports Medicine during his final year.

Prior to his time at Marquette, Eugene spent five seasons (2003-08) as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Washington Wizards, where his duties included prevention/rehabilitation of injuries, travel administration and injury tracking. Before his tenure with the Wizards, he served as a Seasonal Intern Athletic Trainer with the NFL’s Washington Redskins in 2003.

A native of Washington, D.C., Eugene received a Doctorate of Education Degree (Ed.D.) from East Tennessee State University in May 2018. He earned his Master’s of Science Degree in Allied Health Management from The Ohio State University, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer (2001-03). Eugene is nationally certified and state licensed as an Athletic Trainer (ATC and LAT), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and in Graston Techniques. He is also an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association (NABTA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Eugene graduated from The George Washington University in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise science, with a concentration in athletic training. In addition, while at Virginia Tech, he served as a board member with the Council on Revenue (COR) of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was also one of 32 collegiate athletic trainers appointed to the Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine in June of 2017.

Eugene and his wife, Jackie, have two sons, Jayden and Mason, and one daughter, Harper.
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Aki Tajima

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Texas State University (BS); University of Arkansas (MS)
Hometown: Gifu, Japan
NBATA Member Since: 2017
Aki Tajima is entering his third season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Orlando Magic.

Previously, Aki served as a Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Seattle Sounders FC, where he was part of MLS Cup Champions in 2016. He also served as a Head Athletic Trainer for the LA Galaxy II and staff Athletic Trainer for the University of Arkansas Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field Team. While Aki was in Arkansas, the Razorbacks won two SEC Triple Crowns and NCAA Indoor National Championship.

Aki earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas. While he was in graduate school, he worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Razorback Track and Field Team.

In continued experiences in athletic training, Aki has been serving for the USA Track and Field National Team. He traveled with Team USA as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the IAAF World Jr. Championships, Head Athletic Trainer at the Thorpe Cup, Head Athletic Trainer at the NACAC U-23 Championships, and Assistant Athletic Trainer at the IAAF World Championships. He also serves as a volunteer Athletic Trainer for the United States Olympic Committee.

Aki resides in Orlando, Florida.
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Kristen Crenshaw

Assistant Athletic Trainer / Physical Therapist
Education: University of Florida (Sports PT Residency); Duke University (DPT); University of North Carolina (BA)
Hometown: Durham, NC
NBATA Member Since: 2019
Kristen Crenshaw is entering her first season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist for the Orlando Magic.

Previously, Kristen worked for Raleigh Orthopaedic at the Cary Athletic Performance Center. While there, she treated a variety of athletes ranging from adolescents to active older adults.

Kristen completed a Sports Physical Therapy Residency at the University of Florida (2017-2018) and became an APTA Board Certified Sports Specialist PT in June, 2019. Prior to her residency, she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2017. Kristen is a Florida state licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and is trained in trigger point dry needling via Myopain Seminars.

Kristen’s love for working with elite athletes began while earning her BA in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (graduated 2013).

Kristen and her fiancé Daniel currently reside in Orlando, Florida with their three dogs.