The Hall of Fame now includes 296 members
Longtime former Glenbrook South High School athletic trainer Brian Robinson has been named to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) Hall of Fame – the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive.
Robinson was one of eight to be inducted to the Hall of Fame at NATA’s 66th Clinical Symposia in June. The Hall of Fame now includes 296 members.
According to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), Robinson – who served as head athletic trainer at GBS from 1977 to 2014 – has “impacted the profession through his passionate advocacy for athletic trainers, particularly those in secondary schools.”
At GBS, he developed a concussion management program, a rehabilitation program for injured athletes and a database for tracking injuries and treatment plans.
“Since there are few high school athletic trainers in the NATA Hall of Fame, the recognition is very gratifying but as you know, anyone that works with high school students never got into education for the awards,” said Robinson, who is now employed by Northern Illinois University. “I had the privilege of providing comprehensive athletic health care to high school student-athletes for 38 years; 37 of those in Illinois at Glenbrook South.”
When Robinson was hired by GBS in 1977, there were not many athletic trainers at Illinois high schools, but now more than 60 percent of them employ the services of trainers.
“Hopefully soon, every Illinois high school student-athlete will have access to an athletic trainer on a daily basis,” Robinson added.