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Rocky Mountain AMCS Celebrates the History of AT Education

This year, the RMATA is honored to present the first-ever presentation on the history of athletic training education and development of the certification exam presented by a renowned group of leaders in our profession. You will have the opportunity to listen to Dr. Gary Delforge, Dr. John Schrader and Dr. Robert Behnke, 3 of the first 4 Professional Education Committee Chairs, present alongside J. Lindsy McLean who is credited with developing the original certification exam. The presentation will be moderated by Dr. David Perrin in an interactive format where the audience will have the ability to ask questions and help direct dialogue.

As a long-time member of the NATA / District 7, Dr. Gary Delforge’s influence and impact on athletic training education has been far-reaching and nothing short of impressive. As the post-professional AT education program director at the University of Arizona for over 25+ years and at A.T. Still University for an additional 5 years, Dr. Delforge has educated and mentored more than 400 graduate students. Graduates of his programs have been successful clinicians, educators, and leaders within the athletic training profession. Many have continued in the profession sharing the same vision and passion that Dr. Delforge has exemplified throughout his career.

After the session on the history of athletic training education and the development of the certification examination, Dr. Jackie Kingma will follow with a tribute of Dr. Delforge, including a celebration of the Delforge Family Tree.
This presentation is likely to never happen again and will be one for the ages. This presentation has been arranged and produced by RMATA, Inc.

Registration is now open for the April 11-14, 2019 District 7 / RMATA Annual Clinical Symposium in Phoenix, held at the WeKoPa Resort. The symposium has been approved for 15 Category A CEU’s and 7 EBP units (an additional 4 more EBP pending BOC approval). Please visit our website to register and for any additional information regarding the clinical symposium.

The RMATA Board and Committees have selected this site as part of our commitment to positive change, and hope you will enjoy the destination setting. Some of the greatest benefits of attending a conference are catching up with old friends, making new ones, learning new skills and refueling our passion for the profession.


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