University of Idaho's Steele Joins Board of Directors of National Athletic Trainers' Association

DALLAS (June 12, 2003) - Barrie Steele, MS, ATC, will begin his term on the board of directors for the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) at the end of June. He has spent 17 years as a certified athletic trainer at University of Idaho. In his new role, Steele will represent NATA's district 10, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.. Steele has served NATA in numerous capacities, as a member of the Journal of Athletic Training Committee and College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee, vice president of the Idaho Athletic Trainers' Association, district director for the state group and secretary-treasurer for his district. Steele said he is honored by the support of his staff, his district colleagues and his mentors as he steps up his volunteerism. "I am honored yet humbled to be able to offer service back to my profession," he said. "That's really what it's all about. I think the challenge is being able to learn how to effectively represent those outside of my own practice setting, but I look forward to it." At the University of Idaho, Steele recently moved into supervisory capacities, not only in the athletic training room but also in the weight room and equipment room. "I think certified athletic trainers have a unique ability for student services that makes us very good administrators. That's another way to serve as a role model. Since I have an excellent staff and I know the student athletes are being taken care of, I can feel comfortable branching out into other duties." About NATA: Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports the more than 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research. U of Idaho?s Steele Joins BOD

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