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National Athletic Trainers’ Association: New Awards!

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, November 10th, 2016

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Calling all athletic trainers! The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) International Committee is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for two new awards that honor athletic trainers and organizations from around the globe. The awards will be presented during the NATA 68th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Houston in June 2017.

“NATA is committed to the continued expansion of athletic training worldwide, ” said NATA President Scott Sailor, Ed.D., A.T.C., in the October 24, 2016 news release. “Honoring these individuals and organizations is instrumental in the growth of our profession.”

As indicated in the news release, “The International Partner Award recognizes a professional organization or individual(s) currently working in an international setting and demonstrating a significant contribution to the advancement of athletic training, athletic therapy, sports medicine or injury care and prevention. The International Service Award recognizes a certified or licensed athletic trainer(s) who has displayed exceptional commitment to the education and development of athletic training in an international setting. NATA members who have served the profession at least 20 years are eligible.”

Completed applications for both awards are due by January 1, 2017 ( Recipients will be selected based on the evidence of work in one or more of the following:

  • Significance of international outreach/engagement
  • Service and leadership internationally
  • Enriching the profession internationally
  • International advocacy

“These awards provide NATA with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate professionals and organizations that are advancing the practice of sports medicine and improving the lives of patients internationally, ” said NATA International Committee Chair Mark Gibson, M.S., ATC, PT. “Through this effort, as well as many others currently underway, we hope to expose more individuals to the impact athletic trainers have on work, life and sport.”

Sailor told OTW, “The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is committed to recognizing individuals and organizations across the world whose work is making a difference in the way we address injury prevention and treatment, educate our key stakeholders and spearhead research and policy to advance the profession. These awards provide a universal gateway of learning and recognition.”

“We look forward to showcasing the extraordinary work of an organization or individual who has helped to expand opportunities, exposure and education of the athletic training profession internationally. The nomination process is currently underway and we welcome recommendations of those colleagues who are making a significant impact across the globe.”

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