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Are you experiencing knee pain symptoms such as popping, clicking, bone-on-bone grinding, achiness, or sharp stabs? You're not alone in this journey. Knee pain affects nearly 25% of adults in the United States, causing discomfort, swelling, and chronic pain that can hinder everyday activities like childcare, walking, and exercise. Shockingly, recent statistics from The American Academy of Family Physicians indicate a 65% increase in diagnosed knee pain cases.

In a world where invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers are often the default solutions, it's crucial to explore the effective non-invasive options that are available. These alternative treatments provide relief without the associated risks of surgery.

Today, many doctors still recommend invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers rather than exploring non-invasive options. While those treatments are needed in some circumstances, there are alternative treatments available that can help you overcome knee pain without needing to go under the knife.

NJ Sports Spine and Wellness' advanced knee pain treatment in South River, NJ gives men and women suffering from knee pain hope. Instead of relying on surgery, our team of doctors and physical therapists use non-invasive, highly effective treatments to help heal prevalent conditions such as:

Service Areas

Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

Knee

With the right treatment,

many people can reduce their pain and improve their function, allowing them to return to normal daily activities. Plus, by taking preventative measures and seeking prompt care from our team, it's possible to reduce your risk of developing chronic knee pain and other painful knee conditions. If you've been searching for a non-invasive way to eliminate knee pain and get back to an active life, your journey to recovery starts here.

Let's take a closer look at some of the knee pain treatments available at NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, which all serve as great alternatives to knee replacement surgery.

Physical Therapy:

Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health with Conservative Care

The field of Physical Therapy (PT) aims to rehabilitate individuals who have experienced injury, illness, or disability by restoring their mobility and function. Physical therapists cater to patients of various ages and capabilities, ranging from young athletes to senior citizens, in order to help them surpass physical limitations and improve their standard of living with advanced knee pain treatment in South River, NJ.

At NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, our physical therapy program was founded on a patient-centric philosophy, where physical therapists work closely with patients to get a deep understanding of their goals, preferences, and capabilities. In doing so, they can create a tailor-made treatment strategy to address their unique knee pain with the goal of avoiding a knee replacement. Treatment may involve exercises that are therapeutic in nature and can include:

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilization using cupping
  • Graston technique
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching of associated muscle groups

Joint Mobilization for Knee Pain

This unique knee pain solution involves physical therapists using skilled manual therapy techniques to help improve your joint range of motion while simultaneously reducing your knee pain.

During joint mobilization, a physical therapist applies targeted pressures or forces to a joint in specific directions to improve its mobility. The intensity of the force applied can vary, and it is adjusted based on the patient's comfort level. Joint mobilization is generally pain-free.

STM

Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)

Soft Tissue Mobilization is a manual therapy technique that involves stretching and applying deep pressure to rigid muscle tissue. This helps to relax muscle tension and move fluids that are trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflammation. This effective form of physical therapy is often used as an advanced knee pain treatment in South River, NJ for treating knee strains, knee sprains, knee pain, and more.

Graston

The Graston Technique

The Graston Technique involves the use of handheld instruments to identify and break up scar tissue through specialized massage. During a Graston Technique session, physical therapists use convex and concave tools for cross-friction massage, which involves rubbing or brushing against the grain of the scar tissue. This process re-introduces small amounts of trauma to the affected area. In some cases, this process temporarily causes inflammation, which can actually boost the amount and rate of blood flow in the knee. This process helps initiate and promote the healing process so you can get back to a normal life.

Massage

Soft Tissue Massage

Soft tissue massage is a less intense form of massage than it's deep-tissue relative. Instead of focusing on slow and firm strokes to reach the deep layers of muscles and tissues, this massage technique uses a variety of pressures, depths, and durations. Soft tissue massage is helpful in alleviating different types of knee aches, pains, and injuries. Soft tissue massages can also help reduce stress, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Advanced Mechanics and Technology:

The Future of Knee Pain Therapy

While knee pain is a common symptom that affects millions of Americans every year, no two cases of knee pain are ever exactly alike. Some types of knee injuries require non-traditional solutions. At New Jersey Sports Spine and Wellness, we offer a range of treatments that leverage mechanics and technology to help patients recover from injuries while treating inflammation and pain as well as resolve the root cause of the pain.

AlterAlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is equipped with NASA Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, which is a precise air calibration system that uses the user's actual body weight to enhance rehabilitation and training. By utilizing a pressurized air chamber, the AlterG allows patients and athletes to move without any pain or restrictions.

This advanced knee pain treatment in South River, NJ uniformly reduces gravitational load and body weight up to 80% in precise 1% increments. The results can be incredible, with patients reporting benefits such as:

  • Restoring and building of knee strength
  • Restored range of motion in the knee
  • Better balance
  • Improved knee function
  • More

What Makes the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill So Effective?

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill can monitor various metrics such as speed, gait pattern, stride length, and weight distribution. With real-time feedback and video monitoring, your rehabilitation team can promptly and accurately identify issues and pain points or monitor your progress throughout your knee pain rehabilitation journey.

One of the key benefits of this cutting-edge equipment is that it replicates natural walking and movement patterns without the artificial feel that hydrotherapy or harnesses create. This makes it an excellent choice for faster recovery after knee injuries or surgeries, as it allows for early mobilization while also preserving strength. Furthermore, it is ideal for sports recovery as athletes can use it for physical conditioning maintenance.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment South River, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment South River, NJ

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Our advanced treatment modalities for knee pain include laser therapy, which harnesses the revolutionary power of light through photobiomodulation (PBM). LiteCureâ„¢ low-level laser therapy is available for acute and chronic types of knee pain and can be hugely beneficial when coupled with physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, and sports recovery care.

Understanding Photobiomodulation (PBM)

PBM is a medical treatment that harnesses the power of light to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. The photons from the light penetrate deep into the tissue and interact with mitochondria, which results in a boost in energy production. This interaction sets off a biological chain reaction that increases cellular metabolism. Utilizing low-level light therapy has been shown to:

  • Alleviate knee pain
  • Speed up tissue healing
  • Promote overall health and wellness
  • Expedite knee pain injury recovery
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment South River, NJ

Exclusive Access to

Pain Management Professionals

At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, we know that every patient requires a personalized approach to chronic knee pain and condition management. Sometimes, our patients need access to pain management professionals, who can offer relief in conjunction with physical therapy and other solutions like low-level laser therapy.

Two of the most common services we offer for pain management includes acupuncture which can assist in avoiding knee replacement surgery.

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment South River, NJ

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment South River, NJ

What Happens During Acupuncture Therapy for Knee Pain?

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment South River, NJ

Is Acupuncture Actually Effective for Knee Pain?

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Avoid Knee Replacements with Advanced Knee Pain Treatment in South River, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment South River, NJ

When it comes to knee pain therapies and treatments, getting a knee replacement should be last on your list. Why put your body through such trauma if you haven't tried other non-invasive treatment options? Whether you're an athlete trying to work through a knee injury or you're over 65 and are dealing with osteoarthritis, NJ Sports Spine and Wellness can help.

It all starts with an introductory consultation at our office in Matawan or Marlboro. During your first visit, we'll talk to you about your knee pain symptoms, the goals you have in mind, and the advanced knee pain treatments available to you at our practice. From there, it's only a matter of time before you get back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Every day you wait can worsen your knee condition. Contact us today and let our team help get you on the road to recovery and life with painful knees.

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Trey Lazar Scores Two TDs as Chargers Shutout South River

Photo Credit: Nick LegakisChargers cheerleaders are all smiles despite the rain. Spotswood defeated South River High School 30-0 in the annual rivalry matchup. Photo Credit: Anna SpinaleChargers defeat South River High School in the annual rivalry game. Spotswood had four TDs and a field goal for the team's fifth victory in a row. Photo Credit: Nick Legakis By Dawn MillerSOUTH RIVER, NJ - The Spotswood High School varsity football team took the field at South Rive...

Photo Credit: Nick Legakis

Chargers cheerleaders are all smiles despite the rain. Spotswood defeated South River High School 30-0 in the annual rivalry matchup. Photo Credit: Anna Spinale

Chargers defeat South River High School in the annual rivalry game. Spotswood had four TDs and a field goal for the team's fifth victory in a row. Photo Credit: Nick Legakis

By Dawn Miller

SOUTH RIVER, NJ - The Spotswood High School varsity football team took the field at South River's Denny Stadium Saturday morning for the annual Chargers/Rams matchup. Spotswood came away with a 30-0 victory over South River.

Saturday's weather moved up the start of Saturday's game to 9 a.m. It was originally scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. Both teams battled through the rain and wind. Fans came out for the yearly rivalry matchup despite the dismal weather conditions.

"The weather did have an impact on the game," Spotswood High School Head Coach Chris Meagher said. "It was tough to throw the ball consistently."

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Quarterback Trey Lazar got the Chargers on the board in the first quarter on a two-yard rush. Noah Rodriguez added the extra point to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. Rodriguez connected on a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter to extend the lead to 10-0. Lazar scored his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run to send Spotswood into the halftime break with a 17-0 lead.

Stephen Henits caught a 20-yard pass from Lazar for the Chargers third touchdown of the morning. Rodriguez's extra point attempt was blocked. Quin Esser crossed into the end zone on a two-yard rush for Spotswood. Rodriguez kicked the extra point to give the Chargers a 30-0 edge over the Rams. The fourth quarter was scoreless for both teams.

Lazar completed eight of 12 passes for a total of 101-yards and one TD. On the ground, the senior had 11 carries for 53-yards and two touchdowns. Nagee Lewis had five carries for 42-yards. Sebastian Saracino had eight carries for 35-yards. Esser had two carries for 21-yards and one TD. Shawn Lennan had three carries for eight yards. Henits caught three passes for 76-yards and a touchdown. John Lubin had three receptions for 22-yards. Steven Mastrolonardo had a two-yard reception and Vin Young had a one-yard reception.

The Spotswood/South River football game is always a highly anticipated matchup, generating a lot of excitement on the field and in the stands.

"Beating the Rams is always a challenge," Meagher said. "So, coming away with the win today was great for our program."

Spotswood has won the past two rivalry games with the Rams. The Chargers' victory was the team's fifth in a row. Spotswood currently leads the Big Central's Freedom Gold Division.

"I think the team's strong start has come from the work ethic from the kids and the leadership of our senior class," Meagher said.

Next up for the Chargers is a Friday Night Lights game at Roselle Park High School on September 29. Roselle Park is 2-2 this season. The Panthers defeated Highland Park High School on Friday 30-0. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

2023 girls volleyball NJSIAA and county/conference tournament brackets

Game LeadersKillsKatherine Bogutskyy #11 J.P. Stevens4 #19 Veronica McKim3BlocksMelanie Oliveira2AssistsDilara Pak #2 J.P. Stevens10Lara Clemente-Gravato1 1 2 3 Final J.P. Stevens (13-10) 25 25 0 2 South River (12-1...

Game Leaders

Kills

Katherine Bogutskyy #11

J.P. Stevens

4

#19 Veronica McKim

3

Blocks

Melanie Oliveira

2

Assists

Dilara Pak #2

J.P. Stevens

10

Lara Clemente-Gravato

1

1 2 3 Final

J.P. Stevens (13-10)

25 25 0 2

South River (12-15)

17 14 0 0

Player Stats

J.P. Stevens

Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Alissa Ye 1 0 2 0 0 0
Kylie Nunes 1 0 0 0 0 0
Katherine Bogutskyy 4 0 1 0 0 0
Adriana Chessere 0 0 0 0 2 2
Trisha Nair 1 0 2 2 2 2
Mia Obando 2 0 0 0 0 0
Gladys Diaz De la Rosa 3 0 0 0 0 0
Sophia Han 0 0 1 0 0 0
Chloe Chan 2 0 0 0 1 1
Ashley Orth 1 0 1 0 3 3
Dilara Pak 0 0 0 10 3 3
Aimee Han 0 0 3 0 2 2
Sophia Wang 1 0 1 0 0 0
Totals: 16 0 11 12 13 13

South River

Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Karina Santos 1 0 4 0 0 0
Melanie Oliveira 1 2 1 0 2 0
Michelle Garcia 1 0 1 0 0 0
Veronica McKim 3 0 0 0 2 0
Miranda Lizardo 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tabita Galiot 0 1 0 0 1 2
Lara Clemente-Gravato 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jeymi Lopez Macias 0 0 4 0 0 0
Danielle Timkee 1 0 0 0 1 0
Leigha Borusovic 0 0 2 0 2 0
Totals: 7 3 13 1 8 2

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Multiple fire crews battling massive blaze on busy N.J. street, witnesses say

UPDATE: 1 family ‘lost everything,’ 2 businesses destroyed in enormous N.J. fire, mayor saysDozens of firefighters and multiple fire vehicles were on the scene Sunday in South River as a fire broke out on a busy business thoroughfare, according to a local photographer and the employee of a nearby business.The fire, according to Elias Paone who...

UPDATE: 1 family ‘lost everything,’ 2 businesses destroyed in enormous N.J. fire, mayor says

Dozens of firefighters and multiple fire vehicles were on the scene Sunday in South River as a fire broke out on a busy business thoroughfare, according to a local photographer and the employee of a nearby business.

The fire, according to Elias Paone who posted images of the incident, was “massive” and took place “on all floors” of a building at 43 Main St. on Sunday morning.

A dispatcher at the South River Fire Department said Sunday afternoon he could not provide details on the blaze — noting that the fire chief was not available for comment as he was still directing the response.

“We were on our way to work and that’s when we saw an ambulance and fire truck coming this way,” said Marlen Perez, an employee of Mami Evi’s Latino Kitchen Restaurant, who arrived to the business with two other coworkers on Sunday at about 10 a.m.

Mami Evi’s is located across the street from where the fire took place.

”We saw that the road was closed so we came through the back of our restaurant in order to go in,” said Perez, “and that’s when we raised the curtains and we saw the fire literally in front of our eyes.”

Perez said the fire took place above two businesses and sent plumes of smoke billowing above the street, which is usually bustling on Sundays.

At 3:10 p.m., she noted crews remained on Main Street but it appeared the fire — which she believed impacted a business and an apartment across the way — had been mostly extinguished.

It’s unclear how the fire broke out, she said.

Diane Concannon, of the American Red Cross of New Jersey, said Sunday afternoon that the organization was assisting at least four people from two families with temporary lodging, food, clothing and other immediate needs.

Photos of the scene, provided by Paone, show fire crews from East Brunswick and Sayreville assisting in the response on Main Street.

Paone said he also spotted first responders from Piscataway and Metuchen.

Vans from RWJBarnabas Health, the Milltown Rescue Squad and PSE&G were also on the scene. Some nearby residents indicated power had briefly been cut as crews battled the fire.

Perez said Mami Evi’s closed for two hours and for safety reasons employees evacuated the restaurant.

While parts of Main Street were still cordoned off with yellow tape as of 3 p.m., Perez noted, the restaurant had since reopened Sunday afternoon.

South River advances to GMC Tournament semifinals for first time in program history

South River met New Brunswick for the first time since 2014 on Tuesday night in the biggest game of the season so far for the Rams.South River, the No. 11 seed in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, made history as it defeated third-seeded New Brunswick in the quarterfinals 4-2 to advance to the semifinal round for the first time ever.Complete Box Score »“It feels great, hard work pays off,” South River&rs...

South River met New Brunswick for the first time since 2014 on Tuesday night in the biggest game of the season so far for the Rams.

South River, the No. 11 seed in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, made history as it defeated third-seeded New Brunswick in the quarterfinals 4-2 to advance to the semifinal round for the first time ever.

Complete Box Score »

“It feels great, hard work pays off,” South River’s Pablo Melgarejo said. “We worked during the preseason, our division games are hard too, they’re not easy. We’ve worked really hard, it took us a lot to come here and play against this team and be where we’re at right now, and I think we’re just warriors. We play with our hearts no matter what. We stay together, no matter who scores, there’s no selfishness, we just play together.”

It was the second-straight win over a Red Division team for South River, which plays in the Blue Division during the regular season. The Rams defeated sixth-seeded Old Bridge in the first round 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. New Brunswick, which advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-3, penalty kick victory over No. 14 Woodbridge, was looking to advance to the semifinals for the second-straight year.

On Tuesday, New Brunswick came out hard and fast at the start of the game and aggressively pressured South River right off the bat. But the Rams were able to swing the momentum in their favor when Selvin Fugon scored on an assist from Carlos Bello Gonzalez for a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

“Coming into the game, they’re the No. 3 seed, we knew it was going to be hard,” South River’s Tiago Capela said. “We all came out a little flat-footed, not expecting how much they were going to pressure and how aggressive they would be. But once that first goal went in, we knew they were on their heels after that and that’s when we knew we had to take advantage of it. So we just continued to attack, continued to press.”

The game was 1-0 South River at the half, but just two minutes into the second half the Rams found themselves up 2-0 after a New Brunswick own goal. In the 55th minute Fugon scored his second goal of the night on an assist from Capela to give South River a 3-0 lead.

But New Brunswick didn’t stay down for long as Gregory Cruz scored one minute later to cut the lead to 3-1 in the 56th minute, and then in the 69th minute Jorge Ceballos scored on a penalty kick to cut the lead to 3-2.

“We’re fighters. We’ve had games in the past where we were winning 2-0, 3-0, and they get one goal and we all put our heads down,” Capela said. “We all know if we put our heads down our playing level is going to begin to decrease, so we know how important it is. No matter what happens, if you concede, keep your head up. Fight harder, that’s all it means, you just have to attack more and be more aggressive.”

That’s exactly what the Rams did and in the 78th minute Fugon scored his third goal of the night on another assist from Capela to give South River the 4-2 victory and a berth in the semifinals.

“Our expectation was just to play hard, we played hard last year but sadly we were knocked out in the first round, we didn’t want that this year,” Melgarejo said. “We just came here to play, we played hard, we knew they were a hard team too, they have great players, but soccer is a game where you win on goals so we played a hell of a game I think. Our whole team worked together, we played as one, we win as one and that’s what we said at the beginning of the game, just win this one and that’s how we did it today.”

South River will now face second-seeded South Brunswick, which defeated seventh-seeded Sayreville 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Monroe, which defeated No. 8 St. Joseph (Met.) 3-2 in overtime, will face fourth-seeded East Brunswick, which defeated No. 5 Colonia 3-1.

South River hasn’t faced South Brunswick yet this season, and the Vikings will be the third-straight Red Division team that the Rams have faced so far this tournament. The last time South River and South Brunswick played was 2020 and the Rams won 2-1.

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Frank Noppenberger to be inducted to South River High School Wall of Fame

MyCentralJersey.comFrank Noppenberger has been selected for induction to the South River High School Wall of Fame.A 1972 graduate of the high school, where he was a three-sport athlete who went on to play football at West Chester State College, Noppenberger has brought prestige and acclaim to his alma mater as an educator and administrator.The South River High School Wall of Fame honors alumni who have exhibited a high level of achievement in their field and who possess the qualities of a positive role mod...

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Frank Noppenberger has been selected for induction to the South River High School Wall of Fame.

A 1972 graduate of the high school, where he was a three-sport athlete who went on to play football at West Chester State College, Noppenberger has brought prestige and acclaim to his alma mater as an educator and administrator.

The South River High School Wall of Fame honors alumni who have exhibited a high level of achievement in their field and who possess the qualities of a positive role model for South River youth. The names and pictures of inductees appear on the Wall of Fame, located in the high school’s main corridor.

More:Greater Middlesex Conference hosts sportsmanship summit for fall athletes

Noppenberger will be feted during the South River Wall of Fame/National Honor Society Induction Dinner at the South River Portuguese Club on Dec. 7.

“No one, in my opinion, deserves consideration for this award more than Frank,” South River alumnus Don Heilman said. “He has become everything that the honor represents. He is the kind of person that makes us all proud to be graduates of South River High School.”

As an educator, mentor, and administrator, Noppenberger has selflessly dedicated nearly five decades of his life to assisting student-athletes, teachers, and coaches throughout Middlesex County and beyond.

The former East Brunswick High School athletics director, physical education teacher, and coach currently serves as executive director of the Greater Middlesex Conference, where his experience and leadership remain invaluable.

Through his involvement in myriad roles with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, including serving on the organization’s executive committee, Noppenberger remains among the state’s most respected athletics administrators.

“Frank is respected by everyone in the athletic family within Middlesex County and across the state of New Jersey,” Noppenberger’s former high school teammate Joe Susan said. “His athletic program was always competitive, and the coaches and players did things the right way both on and off the field.”

Susan called Noppenberger a “consummate leader” and “man of integrity” who “exemplifies selfless service.” Heilman noted that Noppenberger is “loved, respected, and admired.”

Noppenberger is the only athletics director from the Greater Middlesex Conference to win the conference’s Athletics Director of the Year award three times, a testament to the profound impact he has made on scholastic sports.

A photo Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and fellow South River High School graduate Drew Pearson autographed for Noppenberger appropriately reads, “To the best AD in New Jersey.” Noppenberger received that very honor in 2011 when he was named the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey’s statewide Athletics Director of the Year.

A staunch supporter of high school athletics with an emphasis on sportsmanship and character, Noppenberger always promotes student-athletes in the most positive light. Senator Patrick Diegnan, whose legislative district includes South River and East Brunswick, said Noppenberger “has a giving nature and is always willing to help others.”

Noppenberger serves on the board of trustees for The Marisa Tufaro Foundation, which has donated more than $300,000 to fulfill its mission of assisting pediatric patients and other children in need throughout the greater Middlesex County area. He plays a paramount role as a spokesperson at fundraising events and has assisted with donation drives that have generated thousands of toys, nonperishable food items, winter jackets, baby supplies and other items for charity.

Noppenberger taught health and physical education at East Brunswick High School from 1977-87 and served as East Brunswick’s athletics director from 1988-2015.

Noppenberger was a head basketball (1984-88) and assistant football coach (1977-84) at East Brunswick, where he earned Coach of the Year honors from the Home News, News Tribune, and WCTC on the hardwood in 1984 and 1988. He led East Brunswick’s basketball team to two Red Division titles, a conference tournament crown, and a sectional championship. Noppenberger still has the highest winning percentage of any coach in East Brunswick boys basketball history.

“Frank’s reputation around the state as a class act and the ultimate professional is well deserved,” former East Brunswick boys basketball coach Bo Henning said.

“Frank is truly a generational administrator who was and is equally effective working with a 25-year veteran or a newly hired teacher or coach. He possesses an incredible gift that allows him to motivate everyone to excel in their craft yet can remain an extremely close friend. His pride in mentoring young educators through a variety of programs proves what an innovative mind he has.”

The New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association honored Frank with its Visionary Award in 2009, while the William Denny/Rutgers Football Letterwinners Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame subsequently named Noppenberger its Distinguished American.

“Success and excellence do not happen by accident,” Henning said. “Frank’s strong work ethic, belief in character, and passion for sports at East Brunswick and throughout Middlesex County make him a great candidate for this tremendous honor.”

Noppenberger was Greater Middlesex Conference president from 1990-94 and has served on the league’s executive committee for more than three decades. He has chaired conference committees for seven varsity sports and been instrumental in the league’s Sportsmanship and Scholar-Athlete programs. Noppenberger founded the conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

He has also served on the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association’s Advisory and Hall of Fame selection committees.

“Frank has strong moral standards and is a loving husband (to Nancy) and father (to Lise, Caroline, and Christine),” Susan said.

“He is someone that South River should be very proud of. He exemplifies what our town stands for – strength, confidence, work ethic and humility.”

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