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D8 AT Celebrates NATM at 19th Annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

Leroy Heu celebrated National Athletic Training Month by providing Athletic Training Services at the 19th Annual Special Olympics North Divisional Basketball Tournament at the UCSB Thunder Dome Events Center.  There were over 400 athletes representing Santa Ynez, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Ventura, Santa Clarita, Bakersfield, Simi Valley and Burbank. This year marked the inaugural name change to “The Gary Cunningham Special Olympics Basketball Competition”.  The opening ceremonies included the naming ceremony…

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Carolyn Greer Honored at 73rd Annual Salute to the Champions

The FWATA PR committee is pleased to share that on Jan 31, 2019 Carolyn Greer was Honored during the the San Diego Sports Association Salute to Champions event. This Sports Gala honors both individual and team accomplishments from stars of the month to all-time greats. She shared a class of honorees that included Steve Fisher, Meb and Phillip Rivers. What was a 5’2 head athletic trainer doing at this event?…

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FWATA 2019 Honors and Awards

It is with great pleasure that we are able to honor our colleagues that have provided their service to our district and profession. Hall of Fame The FWATA Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor any member of FWATA can achieve. It is to recognize dedicated members who have spent countless hours as an athletic trainer, mentoring students and athletes, as well as volunteering their personal time to advance…

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Kelly Ketchum Wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Winter Quarter winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award. Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development or enhancing the quality of health care. This quarter’s winner is Kelly Ketcham, ATC. Ketcham is the head athletic trainer and Assistant Athletic…

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Hawaii Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee “Be the Match”

On November 18th 2018, Hawaii Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) collaborated with Be the Match to promote awareness and help rally to increase the need for bone marrow donors at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Rainbow Wahine basketball game. Be The Match works every day to save lives through transplant. For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over…

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2018 Long Beach State Sports Medicine Hall of Fame

On December 8, 2018 the Long Beach Sports Medicine Club sponsored a banquet to induct Ms. Kris Boyle-Walker, MPT, OCS, ATC, CHT into their Hall of Fame.  Kris joins a prestigious group of athletic trainers, Daniel Arnheim, Dan Bailey, Keith Freeseman and Wilda Bingham who have been inducted into this Hall of Fame.   These special athletic trainers have touched the lives of several generations of Long Beach State athletic training…

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Florence ‘Tuto`atasi’ Wasko: A woman for all seasons and all sports

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Of the more than 200 participants in the mid-October football double-header at Veterans Memorial Stadium, when it came to safeguarding the island’s future, the most important person there wasn’t a player or coach, even a referee, all of whom were male.  It was the lone woman on the field.  Florence ‘Tuto`atasi’ Wasko, America Samoa’s sole athletic trainer, worked both games. She kept score by her own…

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John Grigsby wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the Fall 2018 Quarter winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award as John Grigsby, ATC. Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development, or enhancing the quality of health care. Grigsby is in his 13th year at Miramonte High School (MHS)…

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District 8 Remembers Byron Wildermuth, a Pioneer in Sports Rehabilitation

Byron Paul Wildermuth, PT, a pioneer in sports physical therapy and well-known rehabilitation clinician in the San Diego area, passed away at his home in San Diego on September 17, 2018 after a prolonged illness related to congestive heart failure. He was 84. Mr. Wildermuth is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathy A. Wildermuth of San Diego, two children from a previous marriage, Chris Wildermuth of Plantation, Fla.…

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California Athletic Trainers go Live on Facebook with the Dude Mom

On October 11, FWATA athletic trainers Katie Susskind Risso MAT, ATC and Lauren Hoyt MAT, ATC joined social media influencer Amanda Rodriquez (better known as the Dude Mom) for a Facebook Live Q&A event about youth concussions. The event, Concussions 101: What Parents Need to Know, was geared toward parents and school administrators and touched on the importance of athletic trainers in every secondary school, common misconceptions about concussions, basic concussion facts,…

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