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ATSU-ASHS’ Dr. McLeod a featured panelist during upcoming NATA Youth Sport Specialization Awareness Week

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, chair and director of A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences’ (ATSU-ASHS) Athletic Training department, will be a featured panelist during the upcoming National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Youth Sport Specialization Awareness Week.

Dr. McLeod will be speaking alongside a panel of interdisciplinary healthcare and medical experts during a webinar entitled, “Variety is the Spice of Sport.” During this panel, she will discuss the latest youth sport specialization trends and guidelines, from both a personal and professional perspective.

Youth Sport Specialization Awareness Week is held annually during the third week of October, and aims to raise awareness among youth sports safety topics. Dr. McLeod, who is a NATA fellow, has contributed heavily to research in this area and has received numerous recognitions for her research throughout her career, including the PRiSM National Achievement Award for Athletic Training.  

Also featured on the panel, which will be moderated by NATA President Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC, is Sophia Vitas, a U.S. national women’s rowing team member.

A live broadcast of the webinar can be viewed at 11:00 a.m. CDT on Thursday, Oct. 19, on the NATA’s At Your Own Risk Facebook page here.


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