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National Athletic Trainers’ Association Inducts
Four Athletic Trainers into 2010 Hall of Fame
Athletic Training organization bestows highest honor to leaders in profession
DALLAS, June 8, 2010 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a nonprofit organization representing and supporting members of the athletic training profession, will induct four athletic trainers into its prestigious Hall of Fame during its 61st annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive. The national award is given for exceptional contributions and service to the association and the profession. The honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on June 24, from 2-3 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Nominees were selected and reviewed by their athletic training peers, based on their time and effort in advancing the athletic training profession. Their professional excellence, volunteer service and community outreach have distinguished them among many candidates for this honor. “These Hall of Fame inductees have gone above and beyond the call of duty in every way. They have lobbied for legislative change, created new athletic training programs and done all they can to promote the profession.” said Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE, executive director of NATA.
The 2010 NATA Hall of Fame includes Randy Biggerstaff, MS, ATC, LAT (St. Charles, Mo.); Lynn Bott, MS, ATC, LAT (Lawrence, Kan.); Frank Walters, PhD, ATC (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); and Keith Webster, MA, ATC (Lexington, Ky.).
Randy Biggerstaffoversees the health and fitness science department and serves as head athletic trainer and athletic training education program director at Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Mo. He and his athletic training staff are responsible for 48 sports. Prior to Lindenwood, Biggerstaff was the owner, founder and president of sports medicine clinics across the Midwest, including St. Louis Sports Medicine Clinic. His leadership and ongoing work with NATA’s Clinical and Emerging Practices Athletic Trainers’ Committee to advance athletic trainers in the clinical setting is a primary reason he has landed on the 2010 list of NATA Hall of Fame inductees.
Lynn Bottis the director of sports medicine and an instructor at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Prior to arriving at Baker University, Bott worked for 28 years at the University of Kansas, where an endowed scholarship for the school’s athletic training education program bears his name. In 2009, he was inducted into the university’s Athletic Training Education Hall of Fame, the
Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame and was awarded the NAIA Athletic Trainer of the Year. In 2005, he was awarded the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award and inducted into the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame.
Frank Waltersis the director of sports medicine and wellness programs for Broward Health, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He oversees an outreach program that includes 28 athletic trainers at 23 Broward County high schools and directs a hospital based cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education and wellness center with approximately 1,500 members and 17 employees. Before that he was the coordinator for athletic health care services in the department of athletics for Washington, D.C. Public Schools. His long-time work to develop the athletic health care service in the school system was a primary reason he was selected for the 2010 NATA Hall of Fame inductee class.
Keith Webster is head athletic trainer and assistant professor/adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Previously, Webster served 10 years on NATA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, before working nine more years as chair of that committee. During his tenure, several U.S. states adopted new legislation or revised existing laws. Webster is currently on the board of directors for the NATA Political Action Committee. For nearly five years, he has been on the University of Kentucky Advocacy Network, which lobbies for the university’s initiatives.
“We are proud to honor these individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to the profession,” said Becker-Doyle. “With these new inductees, the NATA Hall of Fame now numbers 251 remarkable men and women. These athletic trainers are inspiring role models for all of us.”
“On behalf of the entire NATA, we salute the Class of 2010,” says Rochel Rittgers, ATC, NATA Honors & Awards Committee chair. “We applaud their contributions, passion for the profession, and the work that they continue to do.”
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 sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 32,000 members of the athletic training profession. NATA supports the Athletic Trainers’ Equal Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1137). Visit www.nata.org.
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