DALLAS (May 28, 2002) - More than 5,000 certified athletic trainers representing high school, collegiate and professional sports, as well as industrial and clinical settings will meet at the Dallas Convention Center, June 14 - 18, for the 2002 National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) 53rd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium. Dallas also is headquarters to the NATA, an organization founded in 1950. This year's meeting features Johnson & Johnson Keynote Speaker Dr. Bertice Berry, PhD, an award-winning lecturer and comedienne, as well as numerous educational sessions led by veteran athletic trainers and leaders in the medical field. "We expect a large turnout as Dallas is our hometown city, and of course, a central location for our widespread membership," said Karen Toburen, EdD, ATC, chair of the NATA Convention Committee. "Aside from the meetings, our members will enjoy a golf tournament at Tenison Park, a night at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, and a 5k walk run at Fair Park." More than 100 educational programs will be offered, ranging from "cardiac issues in sudden death" to "head and neck injury in sports." Many programs will be led by doctors and athletic trainers in the Metroplex, representing the Texas Rangers, Baylor University Medical Center, Texas Oncology, Texas Christian University, University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, and Baylor - Tom Landry Center. The meeting will include research presentations and a job placement center, as well as a blood drive cosponsored by NATA and the National Basketball Trainers' Association. Meeting planners anticipate that as many as 300 businesses will fill the exhibit hall. Company representatives will be educating NATA members about current trends, products and services in the sports medicine industry. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied healthcare profession. NATA's 23,000 certified athletic trainers are experts in providing quality healthcare for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries.