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As we celebrate National Athletic Training Month this March, it is with great pride and gratitude that I reflect on the invaluable partnership between the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Academic Orthopaedic Consortium (AOC). Our collaboration serves as a cornerstone in advancing the field of athletic training and ensuring the highest standard of care for athletes and individuals engaged in physical activity.

Throughout the years, the Academic Orthopaedic Community has been instrumental in providing cutting-edge research, innovative techniques, and comprehensive education that empower athletic trainers to excel in their practice. This partnership has facilitated the development of evidence-based practices, enhanced injury prevention strategies, and improved rehabilitation protocols, ultimately benefiting the health and well-being of countless individuals.

As we recognize the critical role of athletic trainers in promoting musculoskeletal health and injury prevention, we also acknowledge the significant contributions of our academic orthopaedic colleagues in furthering our mission. Together, we continue to elevate the standards of care, foster professional development, and champion the advancement of our profession.

During National Athletic Training Month, let us reaffirm our commitment to collaboration, education, and excellence. Together with our partners in the academic orthopaedic community, we stand united in our dedication to enhancing athletic performance, optimizing health outcomes, and advocating for the well-being of all individuals engaged in physical activity.

Kathy Dieringer, ATC, LAT, EdD
President, National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)

Who we are: Michael Gagnon is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Michael R. Gagnon, MBA
Founder & CEO, AOC Connect

“Kathy has been a tremendous leader for athletic trainers nationwide, and the impact of her leadership is felt every day in our clinics and on the athletic fields. She attended our last two AOC symposiums and facilitated critical discussion around how we can work together more effectively to utilize athletic trainers to help us deliver the highest standard of care for our athletes and for all individuals engaged in physical activity.”  

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