The Jack Weakley Award of Distinction honors one individual each year for a lifetime of outstanding contributions that directly impact health care in the area of athletics, athletic training, or sports medicine and are of major and lasting importance. This award provides a stimulus for continued service, research and education in the field of athletic health care. It fosters joint recognition among members of the NATA and other disciplines and serves as a reminder of the important role these groups play in the future of athletic care.
Any non-athletic trainer who has had an impact on sports medicine and meets the requirements of the award, as set forth under “criteria” is eligible. A Jack Weakley Award of Distinction candidate exemplifies the mission statement of the NATA and the NATA Code of Ethics; by their conduct and advancement of the profession
Criteria of Contributions in Sports Medicine: The nomination should be based upon a specific contribution to sports medicine by an individual whose actions:
- Result in a recognizable improvement in the quality of health care in the area of athletics, athletic training or sports medicine; and
- Have an impact that is either national in scope or of major and lasting importance.
- Submission of Nominee Packet by Oct. 1
- Submission of three (3) Advocate Forms by Oct. 1
- Submission of resume/vita by Oct. 1