March was an exciting month to promote and celebrate the athletic training profession. The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) held a National Athletic Training Month (NATM) proclamation luncheon with local Athletic Trainers (ATs). We were honored to have Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle attend and give the proclamation, along with speeches from BOC Executive Director Denise Fandel and Athletic Trainer Director Rusty McKune. View the proclamation event on the BOC’s YouTube channel.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has enrolled 382 licensed ATs and the BOC is proud to have certified over 42,000 certified Athletic Trainers nation-wide.
Athletic training students and professionals participated in a variety of activities during NATM to promote the profession and make a positive influence within their communities. Gustavus Adolphus College athletic training students held a week long food drive to collect items for the local food pantry. BOC blogger, Paul LaDuke, was part of the group of Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) members who went to the state capitol for their annual Hike to Harrisburg. Chris Lenker, Head Athletic Trainer at Tusculum College, managed podcast interviews of ATs in support of 2013 NATM.
March may be over, but don’t let that prevent yourself from promoting your athletic training credential the profession year-round. You can also share the importance of ATs with April being National Youth Sports Safety Month.