CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: March 2, 2001
March is National Athletic Training Month
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Certified athletic trainers in
Iowa and across the nation are celebrating National Athletic Training Month
this month to help increase public awareness of the importance of athletic
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA),
which currently serves more than 26,000 members -- including nearly 20,000
certified athletic trainers -- is presenting the awareness event for the first
"The focus for National Athletic Training is
to promote the profession," said Ed Crowley, ATC, head athletic trainer
at the University of Iowa. "The month is devised to help the public fully
understand the role of certified athletic trainers and the important service
they provide at all levels of competition and physical activity."
The American Medical Association recognizes athletic
training as an allied health care profession, and its practitioners are the
leading experts in health care for athletes and those engaged in physical
activity. In addition to working with professional and collegiate teams, Certified
Athletic Trainers also work in schools, sports medicine clinics and the workplace.
"Research studies show that certified athletic
trainers produce results," said Crowley. "Athletic training methods
produce excellent overall outcomes with the best results in functional outcomes
and returning individuals quickly to their pre-injury status." Other
studies show that patients report a high rate of satisfaction with athletic
training treatments, and that the results are cost effective, Crowley added.
For more information on events nationwide, contact
the NATA at (214) 637-6282 or visit the NATA website at www.nata.org
or your local certified athletic trainer professional.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.
Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.