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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 training.

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 time ever.

"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.

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