Dr. Rehberg earned his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, with a minor in Health Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, Dr. Rehberg was inducted into the Division of Student Affairs’ Legacy of Leadership in recognition of his leadership activities during his undergraduate as well as in his professional career.
In 1999, Dr. Rehberg earned a Master of Sport Science degree with an emphasis in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. In 2003, Dr. Rehberg earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Science with a concentration in international health research and education from Touro University International in Cypress, California.
Dr. Rehberg has served as a clinical instructor of athletic training for over 15 years, has held appointments as a clinical instructor at Montclair State, William Paterson, and Seton Hall Universities. Additionally, Dr. Rehberg has served as an adjunct instructor at Montclair State University, as a clinical instructor and Clinical Advisory Board member for the School of Graduate Medical Education at Seton Hall University, and as an adjunct instructor at the Bergen County Emergency Medical Services Institute.
Since September 2004, Dr. Rehberg has served as a tenured professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education in the Department of Kinesiology at William Paterson University. During the 2006-2007 academic year, Dr. Rehberg served as Director of the CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Rehberg was awarded tenure in September 2009. His primary teaching areas include prevention and care of athletic injuries, general medical conditions in athletic training, organization and administration of athletic training, and emergency care.
A frequent speaker at local, regional, and national conferences, Dr. Rehberg has presented as an invited guest speaker on various topics related to athletic training sports medicine and emergency care at meetings such as the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, the National Safety Council Annual Congress and Exposition, and state athletic training meetings in New Jersey and West Virginia, to name a few.
Dr. Rehberg has been involved in teaching first aid, emergency care, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for over 20 years. He continues to serve as a technical consultant for the National Safety Council’s emergency care training programs and instructor training curricula, a position he has held since 1992. Dr. Rehberg also served on the American Heart Association’s Guidelines 2000 First Aid Task Force, which developed the first-ever international guidelines for first aid.
Clinical Background – Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
Dr. Rehberg is currently on staff as an athletic trainer at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, where he works in the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute’s Center for Concussion Care and Physical Rehabilitation and in the Emergency Department as part of Atlantic Health System’s Sports Health Initiative. He was one of the first athletic trainers in the state, and among very few in the country to work in these settings. Dr. Rehberg also assists the William Paterson University athletic training staff in covering the University’s football program, and currently works for the National Football League as an ATC medical spotter for New York Jets home games.
Dr. Rehberg has served as a high school athletic trainer at Westwood Regional Junior/Senior High School in Westwood, New Jersey, from 1991 to 2004. During that time, he provided health care for 39 interscholastic sports in grades seven through 12. During his tenure at Westwood, he also oversaw strength and conditioning programs, and served an assistant to the Director of Athletics, and played an active role in the daily operations of the athletic department.
Dr. Rehberg also served as Chief Athletic Trainer in the Department of Sports Medicine at the prestigious Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey, where his responsibilities included overseeing the Sports Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) fitness program, supervising staff athletic trainers and personal trainers, and assisting with marketing of the STAR program, and also served as Course Director for sports medicine educational programs. Additional responsibilities included coordinating medical services for sporting events, instructing patients on post-rehabilitative programs, designing strength and conditioning programs for athletes and non-athletes, assisting physicians with physical examinations. Prior to his tenure at Kessler, Dr. Rehberg’s clinical experience also included serving as a Sports Medicine Outreach Coordinator at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center in Emerson, NJ, and as a Staff Athletic Trainer and Director of Educational Services at MARC Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.
In 1996, Dr. Rehberg was selected as a member of the track & field (athletics) medical staff for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia, where he provided care for elite athletes from all over the world. Dr. Rehberg has also volunteered his time by serving as a member of the medical staff for the New Jersey vs. North East All-Star Football Classic, Major League Baseball’s Restoring Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) regional tournaments, and was recently asked to serve as the athletic trainer for Special Olympics New Jersey’s national basketball team. He also serves as a Tee-ball coach in his local community.
Clinical Background – Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security
Dr. Rehberg is also accomplished in the areas of emergency medical services, emergency management, and homeland security. During his term as Chief of Emergency Services at Montclair State University, Dr. Rehberg created the University’s Office of Emergency Management, and authored the University’s Campus Wide Emergency Plan and Emergency Operations Plan. He also implemented the University’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which was the first University based CERT team in New Jersey at the time, and one of only a handful in the nation. He also oversees the Emergency Medical Services program, which provides basic life support ambulance services to the campus and surrounding communities. Dr. Rehberg led a team of EMTs that responded to the attacks on September 11th, 2001, and received a Herosim Award from the University.
Dr. Rehberg is a charter member and intermittent federal employee of the New Jersey Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), and has been actively involved with the Passaic County Office of Emergency Management and the Passaic County Counter-Terrorism Task Force. He is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, Certified in Homeland Security (level IV), and holds numerous first aid, emergency care, and CPR instructor and instructor-trainer ratings. Dr. Rehberg also earned the Professional Development Series certificate for emergency managers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Prior to founding The Rehberg Konin Group, Dr. Rehberg served as an expert consultant for Robson Forensic, Inc. He has also served as a consultant for several publishing houses, including Jones and Bartlett Publishers (emergency care and sports medicine), McGraw Hill (emergency care), and SLACK, Inc. (sports medicine). He has also served as a consultant and chair of the National Safety Council’s Emergency Care Advisory Board, and previously served as a member of School Health Inc.’s Sports Medicine Advisory Board, and currently serves as a sports medicine consultant to Atlantic Health System in Summit, NJ.
Dr. Rehberg has a distinguished scholarly background, including over a dozen refereed articles in scholarly journals, and over 40 articles in other publications. He is the primary author and editor of Sports Emergency Care: A Team Approach, the first textbook ever written on the topic of management of medical emergencies in sports. He also co-authored an instructor’s manual for the text, and currently has three chapters on emergency care related topics currently in press. He has also served as an editorial reviewer and contributor to the National Safety Council’s emergency care training programs since 1992. Dr. Rehberg and his wife, Dr. Joelle Rehberg, are currently under contract to complete a textbook entitled Cram Sessions in General Medicine: A Handbook for Students and Clinicians, which is scheduled for an April 2012 release date. Most recently, Dr. Rehberg authored an innovative series of online programs called ConcussionWise, which are designed to educate athletes, parents, coaches, physicians, and health care providers about the prevention and appropriate management of concussion.
Dr. Rehberg was also an invited contributor to a monograph commissioned by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services entitled Injury Prevention of Injuries in New Jersey: Priorities for Action. A frequently invited speaker, Dr. Rehberg has presented at over 50 at regional, national and international conferences and symposia on topics related to athletic training, sports medicine, and emergency care. Dr. Rehberg’s grant writing activity has led to grant awards totaling over $100,000 in grant funding.
Leadership and Service Activities
Dr. Rehberg has a long and distinguished history in serving his profession on the state and national level. He recently ended his term as the President of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, and has served on the Society’s Executive Council for over seven years. During his tenure as president, he played an instrumental role in the passage of legislation that revised the New Jersey Athletic Training Licensure Act and now permits licensed athletic trainers to work in any practice setting. Dr. Rehberg currently serves as the Society’s Coordinator of Governmental Affairs.
On the regional and national levels, Dr. Rehberg has had a tremendous impact on the profession of athletic training. He currently serves on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation Board of Directors, as Treasurer of the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, and is a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey Board of Trustees. He is a former President of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, and has served on the District Two Executive Board of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). He has served the NATA in several other capacities as well, including appointments to the Inter-Association Task Force for the Appropriate Care of the Spine Injured Athlete, Appropriate Medical Coverage of Secondary School Aged Athletes Task Force, as a member of the NATA Position Statement on Appropriate Management of the Spine-Injured Athlete writing group, as a member of the Honors and Awards – Hall Of Fame Sub-Committee, and as the NATA’s liaison to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. He has also been active in lobbying the New Jersey legislature on legislation regarding youth sports safety and concussions, as well as the United States Congress in support of HR1137, otherwise known as the Athletic Trainer’s Equal Access to Medicare Act, and has met with legislators in Washington, D.C. to urge their support.
In January 2010, New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine appointed Dr. Rehberg to the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Dr. Rehberg’s passion is working to help make youth sports safer, and his particular interest is youth football. He has been involved in football for over 35 years as a player, coach, and athletic trainer, and frequently works with youth football programs on sport safety initiatives, including concussion prevention and awareness of prevention of other conditions such as heat illness and sudden cardiac death.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Rehberg’s professional accomplishments have been recognized through several honors and awards. Most recently, Dr. Rehberg was inducted into the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Hall of Fame. In August 2010, he received the Ordo Honoris Award and Medal from the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho, in recognition of his professional accomplishments and volunteer service. In June 2010, he received the Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In 2008, he was inducted into the New Jersey State Coaches Association Hall of Fame, only the 10th athletic trainer to receive such recognition. He is also the recipient of the Vito D. Recine Distinguished Service Award from the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, and was presented with a Heroism Award from Montclair State University for his role in the response to the September 11th attacks in New York. He has also been honored by Montclair State for his service, having received the Chief’s Recognition Award, Vice President’s Red Ribbon Award, and the Chief’s Service Award from the University Police Department. In 2006, Dr. Rehberg was honored by West Chester University, his alma mater, as aLegacy of Leadership Inductee. He has also received several other recognition awards and certificates during his accomplished career. In June, 2010, Dr. Rehberg will be presented with the National Athletic Trainers’ AssociationAthletic Trainer Service Award, in recognition for his service to the profession. Dr. Rehberg was named aDiplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners in April 2011.
Dr. Rehberg has served as a popular resource for media outlets being recognized as an expert in sharing information with the general public pertaining to sports injuries. His quotes, interviews, and sound bites have appeared on WWOR-TV/my9’s New Jersey Now with Brenda Blackmon, in the The Bergen Record, The Herald of North Jersey, The Newark Star Ledger, Training & Conditioning Magazine, Every Second Counts Magazine, The NATA News, Safety and Health Magazine, and on the New Jersey Network (NJN) and NJTV’s New Jersey Today. Dr. Rehberg has also been interviewed on WCBS-AM News Radio in New York, New Jersey 101.5, WPST (Trenton NJ) and WGHT Radio (Pompton Lakes).