THE ATHLETIC TRAINERS'
ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA

PUBLIC RELATIONS

If you have news or a story you would like to share that relates to Athletic Trainers in the State of Florida please contact:

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Brown (ATAF Public Relations Committee Chair) at cdbrown7@ufl.edu


NATIONAL AWARDS


MaryBeth Horodyski, EdD, LAT, ATC, FNATA WAS INDUCTED INTO THE NATA HALL OF FAME IN 2017!

She is currently the Resident Research Coordinator and Director of Research at The University of Florida Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame exists to recognize the very best of our profession. Induction into the Hall of Fame honors athletic trainers who exemplify the mission of NATA through significant, lasting contributions that enhance the quality of health care provided by athletic trainers and advance the profession. To date, more than 250 athletic trainers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. These men and women have shaped the profession through their noteworthy accomplishments and dedication to service, leadership and professionalism.


Steven Zinder PhD, ATC was recognized as the 2017 Most Distinguished Athletic Director Trainer by the National Athletics Trainers Association in Houston this summer. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Zinder researched hundreds of ankle injuries to understand how they occurred and what could be done for prevention. In 2005, Dr. Zinder’s work led to a co-authored international patent on a device that assesses the stability of ankles in sitting and standing positions.  Ankle injuries and stability are often evaluated while a patient is sitting, but the true way to assess the stability is when the patient is putting their full body weight on the ankle.  See more HERE.


Sue Stanley-Green wins 2017 AOSSM Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award!

She is currently the program director at Florida Southern College.

Since 1982, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine have joined forces annually to recognize an outstanding individual whose professional accomplishments have improved the quality of professional practice in athletic training. NATA Hall of Fame members are eligible for consideration.



2016-2017 ATAF Awards

High School Student Aide of the Year


Arrianna Bradley: Lyman HS

Legacy Scholarship


Sarah Rider: University of Florida

Professional AT of the Year


Gregg Spratt MS, LAT, ATC

Clinical AT of the Year


Ian Stites LAT, ATC

College/University AT of the Year


John Barrett MA, LAT, ATC, CES

Backbone Award

Stephen McCray MS, LAT, ATC

High School AT of the Year


Marie Freudenthal MSA, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Educator of the Year


Michelle Boling PhD, LAT, ATC

Most Distinguished AT of the Year


Patricia Tripp PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS

ATAF Service Award


Chris Peters MEd, LAT, ATC


National Champion Athletic Trainers


Scott Freer MS, LAT, ATC and Kayshia Brady LAT, ATC won the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis National Championship with Barry University

Jon Michelini MS, LAT, ATC (Center) won the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball National Championship with the University of Florida

Amy Toner MS, LAT, ATC won the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis National Championship with the University of Florida

Andy Klock MESS, LAT, ATC, ASTYM, Paige Lehmann M.Ed., LAT, ATC, and Amy Bergan LAT, ATC won the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track and Field National Championship with the University of Florida



Paul Giannotti, MEd, LAT, ATC and the rest of Rollins College Sports Medicine Department won the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship.


Kassandra Mosley, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championship with the Barry University Rowing. Kassandra also won the 2015 National Championship with them as well.


Scott Freer, MS, LAT, ATC and Kristin Sitte, LAT, ATC won the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship with Men’s Tennis at Barry University.


Barbara Wilson, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship with St. Leo University.


Paige Lehmann, MEd, LAT, ATC, Andy Klock, MESS, LAT, ATC, ASTYM, and Devon Leahy, LAT, ATC won the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championship for the University of Florida.


Kassandra Mosley, LAT, ATC won the 2015 Division II National Championship with Barry University Rowing Team.


Katie Davis, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS won the 2015 Division I National Championship with the University of Florida Softball Team.


Jason Palmateer, LAT, ATC won the 2016 Division II National Championship with the Nova Southeastern Baseball Team.



Ryan McCrea, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship with Lynn University Men’s Soccer and in 2012.


Rob Boutote, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship with University of Tampa Women’s Volleyball. He is pictured (right) here with head coach Chris Catanach (Left).


Robin Gibson, LAT, ATC and Miguel Motolongo, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS won the 2014 NCAA Division I National Championship with Florida State University Women’s Soccer. Robin is pictured here (left) with Miguel (Middle), and Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Bill Thompson (Right)


Al Green, MA, LAT, ATC, EMT, Meghan Cartafalsa, Kayshia Brady, and Sue Stanley-Green, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2014-2015 NCAA Division II National Championship with Florida Southern Men’s Basketball.



Kelly Bridges MS, LAT, ATC and Michael Watkins won the 2014-2015 NCAA Division I National Championship with University of Florida Women’s Gymnastics!

National Athletic Training Month

Your Protection is Our Priority

National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. In addition to providing logos, posters, press releases, sample media alerts and PR toolkits, NATA also sponsors contests for its members.

The 2017 slogan is "Your protection is our priority."

View more National Athletic Training Month resources here.




ATAF Mission

The Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida, Inc (ATAF) is an organization whose membership is dedicated to the comprehensive health care of our state’s athletes and other physically active individuals. The mission of the ATAF is to offer a diverse range of services to its members, while protecting the public’s interest by seeing that certified, licensed athletic trainer’s are available to provide proper medical care to our state’s athletes and the physically active.

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