NATA welcomes Marty Baker to board of directors

Contacts: Robin Waxenberg Ellen Satlof, NATA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Welcomes Marty Baker to Board of Directors

DALLAS, June 3, 2009 – During its 60th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) will formally welcome Martin Baker, 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. Baker succeeds Charlie Rozanski, MEd, ATC, LAT, as District 3 director.

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 3, which Baker will oversee, covers North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

“We’re pleased to welcome Marty to 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 improve our ability to take advantage of future opportunities for our organization.”

Baker is currently associate athletic trainer at Elon University in North Carolina, where he has worked since 1980. He also served as program director, guiding the school’s Athletic Training Education Program to its initial accreditation. In addition to his current sport responsibility of women’s basketball, he coordinates Elon’s athletic insurance program. A graduate of the State University of New York Brockport, Baker went on to receive his master’s degree at Indiana State University with a specialization in athletic training.

“NATA has always been there for me, starting as a student, and it continues to represent my professional interests to this day,” Baker said. “I’m very excited to be on NATA’s board of directors, because I believe strongly in what it stands for and the work it does on behalf of the athletic training profession.”

As he starts his term on the NATA board of directors, one of Baker’s main objectives is to address the many challenges that confront athletic trainers, and to be agile enough to respond to those unanticipated issues that lie ahead. He looks forward to enhancing the reputation of athletic training in every facet of health care, as well as getting the general public to see the value the athletic training profession can bring to the care of any patient population. “We must continue to define ourselves to our constituents and demonstrate the value we provide our patients,” Baker said. “I want others to feel as strongly as I do about the profession and to have athletic training viewed as a necessary component to a quality health care experience.”

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 www.nata.org.


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