Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selects athletic trainer as the Scholar Grantee to Ireland in Spring 2010

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Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Selects Athletic Trainer as the Scholar Grantee to Ireland in Spring 2010

DALLAS, December 15, 2009 – The athletic training profession gained global recognition when Michael Ferrara, PhD, ATC, was recently named a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland for the for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Ferrara, a professor and director of the University of Georgia’s athletic training education program and St. Mary’s Hospital Athletic Training Research and Education Laboratory in the College of Education’s department of kinesiology, will teach in Dublin City University’s athletic therapy and training (ATT) program in the spring of 2010.

Ferrara will lecture on courses related to athletic injury assessment and conduct research on sports-related concussion. In conjunction with the DCU faculty, he will investigate the recovery pattern following sport-related concussion in Irish sports (hurling, Gaelic football) along with rugby and soccer. Ferrara has been heavily involved with the academia at Dublin City University in the past, assisting with the conception and design of its ATT program in 2003.

The Fulbright award is, in itself, an achievement for the athletic training profession. Fulbright recipients are encouraged to enrich the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of countries around the world. Recipients are selected by the 12-member presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Funding comes from Congressional appropriations, contributions from partner countries and private sectors. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, chief executive officers, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. Since its inception more than 60 years ago, approximately 300,000 individuals have participated in the program.

“This is another step in the global recognition of athletic training,” said Ferrara, who served as the first president of the World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy. “It demonstrates the professional standing we have attained.”

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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