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PELLA—In an effort led by the Central College athletic training staff, March has been declared National Athletic Training Month in Pella.
Assistant athletic trainer Dustin Briggs and head athletic trainer Frank Neu headed a delegation of some 30 Central athletic training students at Tuesday night’s Pella City Council meeting. Pella Mayor James Mueller signed the proclamation.
“Recently the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) coordinated the fourth Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington D.C.,” Briggs said. “Several initiatives focusing on prevention, recognition, and care of four catastrophic injuries including cardiac events, neurologic injuries, environmental/exertional conditions and dietary/substance-?induced conditions were put forth. The response from this summit has been far reaching and it is every athletic trainer’s hope that we can reduce risk and increase the continuity of care of youth athletes at levels through better coverage, training, preparedness, and education.”
The promotion is sponsored by the NATA, which represents and supports 35,000 members of the athletic training profession in a variety of settings. This year’s theme is “Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer.”
Central’s athletic training department seeks to raise awareness in the surrounding communities by promoting the need for athletic trainers in all high schools.
Governor Terry Branstad will sign a state proclamation declaring March National Athletic Training Month in Iowa March 6.