Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Awarded the NATA Dan Campbell Legislative Award

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PATS recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association for Outstanding Governmental Affairs Efforts in 2011; honored by the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania for the promotion of concussion awareness. Three society members receive national awards for their service and efforts to advance the profession of Athletic Training.

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It is nice to know that The Society’s efforts to promote the athletic training profession to legislators and policymakers in the Commonwealth have been noticed." Yvette Ingram, PhD, ATC, LAT, PATS President

Daniel L. Campbell was an active and influential member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association who served in several capacities to the NATA and the profession, but is most known for his work in governmental affairs and reimbursement. Pennsylvania was honored with this award for Outstanding Governmental Affairs Efforts in 2011. Some of these efforts include: annual “Hike to Harrisburg” to thank legislators for a great legislative year for athletic trainers in PA and to educate the legislature about the profession. 2011 has been a monumental year that saw the culmination of more than 35 years of efforts with the passage of our licensure bill, as well as the Safety in Youth Sports Act which addresses concussion management. The award was presented at the State Leadership Forum on Monday, June 25 at the national convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

There were three PATS members who received national awards and recognition for their service and/or efforts to promote the profession. Richard Burkholder Sr Head Athletic Trainer at Carlisle High School was awarded the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. Jeff Cooper, former Philadelphia Phillies Athletic Trainer, was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame, and John Sayers Miller from Penn State University was honored with the NATA Continuing Education Excellence Award. Further, the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation also recognized PATS in appreciation of PATS generous donations over the past several years which encourages and supports research to improve the profession by providing evidence based health care.

Finally, The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA) honored the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) at their Annual Conference on Monday, June 25th, at the Marriott Lancaster Convention Center. BIAPA presented PATS with their "Organization Award" for all the work PATS has done this past year to advance the public's awareness about concussion and through the excellent concussion trainings that PATS developed.

For more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Yvette Ingram at patspresident(at)gmail(dot)com.

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society, Inc. is a progressive organization of health care professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Our society continues to increase public awareness and education regarding Certified Athletic Trainers and the Athletic Training profession while serving as the premier source of information for public safety, injury and illness prevention, early intervention, patient care, and healthcare delivery for the physically active in the Commonwealth.

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PATS President, Yvette Ingram, PhD, ATC, LAT
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