Aphrodite Daphnis joined Columbia University’s athletic training staff in January 2017. Her primary sport assignments include men’s soccer and men’s and women’s rowing.
Daphnis came to Columbia after serving as the head athletic trainer at Hunter College, N.Y., where she was responsible for the oversight of all 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports. In addition, she was a clinical preceptor for Long Island University Brooklyn’s athletic training education program.
In 2014, Daphnis graduated with a master’s degree in Advanced Athletic Training and Sports Sciences from LIU Brooklyn. As a graduate student, she served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate athletic training, health and exercise science department. She received academic recognition by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Iota Tau Alpha and LIU Brooklyn School of Health Professions Alpha Eta honor societies.
Daphnis has over 10 years of experience as an athletic trainer. Her passion for athletic training resulted from a personal battle with injury as a NCAA Division I swimmer at UCLA.
She has worked with athletes at a variety of athletic levels, including members of the North American Soccer League, American Ultimate Disc League, American Collegiate Hockey Association, Ironman triathlon, National Basketball Association, USA Rowing, USA Water Polo, Stanford University and University of California Athletics.
In addition to her expertise as an athletic trainer, Daphnis is a corrective exercise specialist and performance enhancement specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as a certified sports nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition.