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ATSU-ASHS’ Dr. McLeod honored with NATA Foundation Medal

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, chair and director of A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences’ (ATSU-ASHS) Athletic Training department, recently received the 2023 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Foundation Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research.

This award honors established researchers who have made significant research contributions in the field of athletic training and healthcare. Throughout Dr. McLeod’s research career, she has primarily focused on pediatric sport-related concussion, youth sports safety, and health outcomes following concussion. 

“Dr. McLeod’s research has provided some of the first evidence that concussion affects patients beyond physical functioning, impacting emotional, social, and school functioning, addressing important gaps in our understanding of pediatric sport-related concussion,” said the NATA in a statement

Dr. McLeod is the second woman ever to be awarded this distinction since the award’s inception.

Along with this award, Dr. McLeod has received numerous recognitions for her research throughout her career, including the PRiSM National Achievement Award for Athletic Training. She has been inducted as a fellow of the NATA and the National Academy of Kinesiology, and she will also be inducted as an Athletic Training Distinguished Scholar Fellow in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in 2023.


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