|Ellen Satlof, NATA
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NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION (NATA) INDUCTS CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER DAVE COLT INTO HALL OF FAME
Award to be presented at NATA’s 59th annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo.
DALLAS, May 29, 2008 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, will induct Dave Colt, EdD, ATC, LAT, into its Hall of Fame, during the organization’s 59th annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo. All inductees into the Hall of Fame have been certified NATA members for at least 25 years and are nominated and selected by their athletic training peers. Colt will be recognized for his significant contributions to the athletic training profession on Thursday, June 19, at the St. Louis America’s Center.
Colt is longtime head athletic trainer at Northwest Missouri State University, where he has worked for 27 years. He has been a member of the NATA board of directors and served on and chaired many NATA committees. He has also been a speaker for the American Cancer Society, a clown unit president for the Shriners and a worship team chair for his church.
“My favorite part of this profession is working with young people – and they get younger all the time,” Colt said. “I tell athletic training students to come in with your eyes wide open. Don’t be blind to all the hard work and long hours – it’s not just about game day, which is exciting. It’s about being there over the long term and really making a difference.”
Colt earned a bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University, a master’s from Northwest Missouri State and a doctorate from the University of Missouri. He was formerly an assistant athletic trainer at Temple University.
“We are delighted to honor Dave Colt for his outstanding accomplishments and commitment to the profession,” said NATA Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE. “He joins the more than 200 other remarkable athletic trainers in the NATA Hall of Fame who inspire all of us.”
“Dave’s unwavering support of, and commitment to, NATA over the years has been nothing short of amazing,” added Rochel Rittgers, ATC, NATA Honors & Awards Committee chair. “We’re extremely pleased to show him our appreciation, by inducting him into the NATA Hall of Fame.” Along with Colt, one other athletic trainer was selected to join the NATA Hall of Fame this year: Dave Pursley, AT, Ret., former head athletic trainer for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves.
National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport:
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.