NATA and Philips Join Forces to Protect Hearts and Save Lives

Contacts:  Robin Waxenberg 
Ellen Satlof, NATA
214-637-6282, ext. 159

NATA and Philips Join Forces to Protect Hearts and Save Lives DALLAS - As part of ongoing efforts to keep active people healthy, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in May welcomes Philips Healthcare to its team of corporate supporters. Philips HeartStart has become the official automated external defibrillator of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a distinction shared by no other AED. “The relationship is significant because NATA has long been a champion of these valuable devices,” said President Chuck Kimmel, ATC. “As athletic trainers, we see firsthand how essential automated external defibrillators can be,” said Kimmel, a lecturer and injury clinic director at Appalachian State University. “When they’re available, AEDs can literally help save lives. For years we have advocated for AEDs to be available at all public venues, and we think an AED should be part of every athletic trainer’s standard emergency equipment. “We are pleased that Philips Healthcare has joined us in our efforts to increase public safety and emergency preparedness,” Kimmel added. NATA Official Suppliers are accepted only after careful review and consideration. The Philips HeartStart AED ( is an industry leader, and Philips Healthcare’s philosophies and practices fit well with NATA’s own public initiatives. “Several years ago, NATA issued an official statement strongly urging our members to take the lead in developing a comprehensive AED program in their workplace,” Kimmel said. “We know Philips Healthcare shares that same sort of commitment, and we look forward to a very productive venture.” About the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA): Athletic trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession. NATA advocates for equal access to athletic trainers for patients and clients of all ages and supports H.R. 1846. Only 42 percent of high schools have access to athletic trainers. NATA members adhere to a code of ethics.

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