‘Sports safety is a team effort’ is training mantra

March is national athletic training month
The month of March marks the 9th Annual celebration of National Athletic Training month.

This year’s theme for the 30,000 members of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is “Sports Safety Is A Team Effort.”

The NATA, headquartered in Dallas, strongly supports its members through research and education.

Athletic trainers of note in our area that devote many hours of time and energy are: Dustin Cedidla (Rockdale ISD), John Marek (Cameron ISD), Nikki Ray (Taylor ISD), and Henry Hawkins (Little River Healthcare, Rockdale and Lakeside Hospital in Bastrop).

During the month of March, nationally certified athletic trainers will be taking part in numerous activities and events aimed at recognizing and boosting awareness of the athletic training profession.

Athletic trainers are widely respected medical professionals who have extensive education (at least one college degree ) and experience in the areas of prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active.

First-year Rockdale trainer Dustin Cedidla helps an injured Derrick Mynar off the field. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke First-year Rockdale trainer Dustin Cedidla helps an injured Derrick Mynar off the field. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke The athletic training profession is recognized as an allied health profession by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Athletic trainers play vital roles high schools, colleges, therapy clinics and corporate and industrial settings.

Not only must a person pass a rigorous three-part exam to earn certification, they must participate in extensive continuing education. Over 60 percent of athletic trainers have Masters degrees or higher.

The NATA, headquartered in Dallas, strongly supports its members through research and education.

The NATA was founded in 1950 and in 1972, Texas became the first state to license athletic trainers.

To get more information about athletic training, go to www.nata.org or call 1- 800-879-6282; or the State of Texas, Dept. of State Health Services, Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers (www.dshs. state.tx.us/at); or the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association (www.tsata.com/texaslicensure).


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