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Sauers named NATA fellow

Eric Sauers, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

This distinction recognizes professional achievement in research and/or education, combined with service to the profession. Only the most accomplished scholars in the athletic training profession earn this distinction and are allowed to use the prestigious designation of “FNATA.”

Candidates for the award must have earned a terminal degree at least five years ago; have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, for at least 10 years; have been recognized for service to the profession of athletic training at the local, state, national and/or international level; exhibited distinguished service as a certified athletic trainer; and been recognized for unique scholarly contributions to the profession of athletic training.

“Dedication, innovation, loyalty and leadership are common traits among Fellows,” said National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE. “Those who receive the honor serve as an inspiration to their peers and as role models to the next generation of researchers and educators in athletic training.”

“Dr. Sauers is richly deserving of the award,” said NATA Fellows Council Leader Sandra Shultz, Ph.D., ATC. “He has dedicated his career to the betterment of the athletic training profession.”

The Fellows presentation will be made on June 24, 2010, at NATA’s 61st Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in Philadelphia.

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