March 2015

NATA gives first youth sports safety awards

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association on March 2 presented its inaugural Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award to three recipients at the annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Irvine, TX.

The awards are given to people or organizations demon­­strating significant commitment to the health and welfare of secondary school student athletes.

The 2015 winners are: Dawn Comstock, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health at University of Colorado in Aurora, for her high school injury surveillance research and its influence on public policy and best practices; the NFL Foundation, for its commitment to youth athlete safety through leadership in several programs; and the Dallas Independent School District, for hiring one or more full-time athletic trainers for all high schools in the district, reinforcing its commitment to athlete safety.

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