At the National Athletic Trainers Association's 62nd Annual Conference and Clinical Symposia, held in New Orleans June 19-22, 2011, nine new members were inducted to the NATA's Hall of Fame, the association's highest honor.
The newest Hall of Fame members are:
Marcia Anderson, PhD, ATC, LAT, Bridgewater State University; Charles Kimmel, ATC, LAT, Appalachian State University; Larry Leverenz, PhD, ATC, Purdue University; Andy Paulin, ATC, Mount San Antonio College; Jerry Robertson, MEd, ATC, LAT, Satauga Orthopaedic, Johnson City, TN; Larry Starr, MEd, ATC, LAT, Starr Athletic Solutions; Barrie Steele, MS, ATC, LAT, University of Idaho; Jerry Weber, ATC, PT, University of Nebraska; and the late Roy Don Wilson, who worked at the Sports Rehab Clinic in Houston.
The Hall of Fame dates back to 1962 and now has more than 250 members, visible at conferences by their distinctive green jackets.
NATA's Next President
In other business, NATA President Marje Albohm's second and final two-year term will expire in 2012. The association will hold its election for her successor this September. There are two candidates running for the post.
Terry Noonan, MS, ATC, is director of athletic training services at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Noonan is stepping down from his post as NATA's District Five Director.
"We are a very broad-based profession, and one of my main goals would be to unify all segments of athletic training, promoting the value of our profession in the health care vocation," Noonan said. "Once we establish our value as health care professionals, issues we face in our various settings and quality of life issues will improve."
Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES, is head athletic trainer at Clarion University in Clarion, PA. He has been at Clarion since 1990, and is the outgoing NATA District Two Director.
"During my tenure as a board member, I have seen us spend tremendous amounts of time, effort and finances on the promotion of our profession," said Thornton. "It is our duty to do so, as we are the only entity that will or can do it. With that said, I believe our primary goal should be to be a player in the health care industry -- we need a seat at the table."
The NATA Board of Directors named two new directors to replace Noonan and Thornton: Eric McDonnell, MEd, ATC, LAT, takes over District Five, and Michael Goldenberg, MS, ATC, is the new District Two director. NATA's board of directors is comprised of 10 district directors in addition to the NATA president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.
Beginning with the next president, NATA bylaws will change, capping each president's term to a single three-year span.
NATA Quick Hits
Some additional developments from the conference:
- The NATA will not raise dues this year. Dues have held steady for the last 7 years.
- The association's investment portfolio increased by 21 percent over the last year. "We're in good financial shape," commented Terry Noonan, current treasurer.
- NATA was involved in drafting legislation for H.R. 6172, the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act. The legislation includes "certified athletic trainer" in the definition of health care professional.
- The 2nd annual Youth Sports Safety Summit was held on Capitol Hill in December 2010. The event, which raised awareness of safety in youth sports, resulted in over 40 million media impressions. "Folks in Washington know who we are," said Albohm.
- NATA's Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC), which promotes ethnic diversity in the profession, celebrated its 25th anniversary at the conference.
- The NATA's 2012 annual meeting will be held in St. Louis.