NATA welcomes Russ Richardson to board of directors


Robin Waxenberg

Ellen Satlof, NATA


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National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Welcomes Russ Richardson to Board of Directors

DALLAS, June 3, 2009 – During its 60th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) will formally welcome Russ Richardson, ATC, to its board of directors. NATA’s annual meeting will take place June 17-20 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Richardson succeeds Barrie Steele, MS, ATC, LAT, as District 10 director.

“Russ is joining NATA’s board at a very exciting time for our organization,” Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE, NATA executive director said. “I have no doubt that his vision and drive will significantly help us meet our ongoing challenges and enhance our ability to take advantage of future opportunities for our organization.”

NATA is a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession. The organization is divided into 10 geographic districts. District 10, which Richardson will oversee, covers Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon in the U.S. and British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada.

“I’m very much looking forward to working on NATA’s board of directors, to help move our profession forward and upward,” Richardson said. “I want to honor the history and tradition that is the foundation of our profession, while encouraging our growth into emerging practice venues.”

Richardson is currently the Athletic Training Education Program director of Whitworth University, where he has worked for more than 20 years. He became interested in the profession of athletic training at the age of 13, when he worked under the guidance of the coaching staff of his high school in Dillon, Mont. There he first learned to tape injuries and provide basic medical care. He attended Western Montana College (now University of Montana-Western) and earned his undergraduate degrees in sports medicine, industrial arts and physical education. He then became graduate assistant at California State University at Fresno, where he also worked as the athletic trainer for Hoover High School and Kings River College.

As he starts his term on the NATA board of directors, Richardson’s overarching goal is to work with his colleagues and board members to move the athletic training profession to the next level professionally. He also aims to honor and recognize those who have contributed to the growth of athletic training as a credible medical profession. “I look forward to listening to the needs and concerns of our students and young professionals,” Richardson said. “These people are the future of our association and need to continue to be heard.”

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport: Athletic trainers are 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. Only 42 percent of high schools have access to athletic trainers. NATA members adhere to a code of ethics. NATA supports the right of all patients to have equal access to the services of athletic trainers through the Athletic Trainers’ Equal Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1137). Visit

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