|Ellen Satlof, NATA
214-637-6282, ext. 159
DAILY RECORD WRITER RECEIVES SPORTS MEDICINE REPORTING AWARD
DALLAS (April 22, 2008) – Jane Allison Havsy with the Daily Record in Parsippany, N.J., was recognized on May 4, 2008, during the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association (NSSA) annual awards program in Salisbury, N.C. Havsy is the eighth NSSA member to receive the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Excellence in Sports Medicine Reporting Award.
The award is presented annually to the sportscaster or sportswriter who excels in educating the public about an athletic health care issue or athletic health care provider. Havsy was chosen for her feature on the increased incidence of ACL injuries in girls and women.
A sports reporter for the Daily Record since July 2000, Havsy’s main focus is on high school sports. In accepting the award from NATA Public Relations Committee Chair Al Green, MEd, ATC, Havsy referenced the athletic trainers in the audience. “You're the ones who know the warning signs, who can teach girls to jump, twist and land properly. You can help save their knees, and possibly their athletic careers. I am proud to draw attention to your hard work in this area, and honored to accept this award.”
In addition to the awards presentation, NATA conducted a sports medicine seminar lead by two certified athletic trainers. Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES (NATA district 2 director and Clarion University of Pennsylvania head athletic trainer), discussed community-acquired methicillin-resistant staphylococcus infection (MRSA), and Charlie Thompson, MS, ATC (NATA district 2 treasurer and Princeton University head athletic trainer), spoke on the effects of steroids in athletics.
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. www.nata.org.