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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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Secondary Schools Athletic Trainers present at CIF-SS Athletic Administrator & AD Summit

On Monday, October 15, 2018 Heather Harvey, MA, ATC and Chase Paulson, MS, ATC presented at the California Interscholastic Federation – Southern Section’s (CIF-SS) Athletic Administrator & AD Summit. Their topic of “Current Trends in Athletic Training” covered recent legislative updates from the passing of CA Assembly Bill 2009 (AEDs, EAPs, and interscholastic sports), as well as Emergency Action Planning when a school does not have a certified athletic trainer.…

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Concussion Summit at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

On July 13-14, the Hawaii Concussion Awareness & Management Program (HCAMP) conducted it’s 9th annual Concussion Summit at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Our featured speakers included Dr. Paul McCrory the primary author of the Berlin Concussion Consensus Statement, Karen McAvoy, PsyD, author of REAP and Get Schooled On Concussions, Emily Kosderka, ABD, ATC from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and Dr. Neeru Jayanthi from Emory University.  Go to…

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Las Vegas Lights Pink Scarf

On August 4, 2018 Jim Porter, longtime Clark County School District Head Athletic Trainer received the Las Vegas Lights Pink Scarf.  This recognition is presented by the Las Vegas Lights FC to those in the community that represent the same mission as they do: “we are by Las Vegas, for Las Vegas and of Las Vegas”. Porter was recognized in an on-field ceremony before that night’s game. Other honorees include…

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Liana Finer Wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the summer 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. The quarter’s winner is Liana Finer, Athletic Trainer at Kailua High School in Kailua, Hawaii.  Liana helped…

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