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How did we start off National Athletic Training Month (NATM)? With an annual visit to the “TODAY Show!”

Posted on March 10, 2016

Beth Wolfe
CAGS, ATC

By Beth Wolfe, CAGS, ATC

Dark and early on March 4, a group of about 100 Athletic Trainers and students from District 1 and District 2 volunteered to stand in the snow and 30 degree weather to show their support for our profession. Due to the weather and national news headlines, the celebrities of the “TODAY Show” spent very little time outside on the plaza. However, Al Roker did take the time to shake hands and talk to a group of Hofstra athletic training students off camera, after reporting the weather from the plaza. Regardless of the limited live coverage from outside on the plaza, many of our posters made it on live TV during the interview with the United States Olympic gymnasts Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patternson and Nastia Liukin.

This year is special, as there are 2 chances to join the NATM in New York City events! We are going back to New York City on March 18 to be on “Good Morning America!” Be sure to set your DVRs and take pictures of your TVs and tablets as over 200 Athletic Trainers and students will be present to support NATM.

Each year this event continues to grow and become a spotlight for celebrating NATM. A special thanks to Lauren Stephenson and the Stony Brook Athletic Training Program as this event would not be possible without their efforts and support. The NATA is appreciative of your time and efforts to run this great event each year!

Would you like to join us next year? Follow the event on Facebook for the latest updates and news on NATM in NYC 2017: https://www.facebook.com/NATMinNYC/.

About the Author

Elizabeth “Beth” Wolfe is the Injury Prevention Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Tufts Medical Center Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in Boston, Massachusetts. Wolfe received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina (2010) and master’s in Health Education (2012) and CAGS in Sport Psychology (2013) at Boston University. Wolfe is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Health Science in Healthcare Administration and Leadership at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A few of her research interests include bike and pedestrian safety; fall prevention; concussion/head injury documentation and coding; and performance/quality improvement programming for the profession of athletic training. Wolfe is an active medical volunteer for the Boston Athletic Association and numerous other races/events throughout the greater New England area. In her free time, Beth loves to ride her bike around Boston and participates in local rugby and softball leagues.

"TODAY Show" interview with the United States Olympic gymnasts.

National Athletic Training Month signs as seen on the "TODAY Show!"