– Five UNC athletic trainers and two Carolina students were recently honored at the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NCATA) annual meeting on March 4-5 as part of National Athletic Training Month.
Nina Walker, whose primary clinical responsibilities are with the Carolina men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s cross country/distance teams, was named the College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year. Walker also serves as a clinical instructor for the UNC graduate and undergraduate athletic training programs. She is the director of the undergraduate observer program and currently lectures on topics related to manual therapy, electronic medical records and biofeedback.
UNC’s Kim Chase ATC, Sally Mays ATC, Jake Mir ATC and Carly Natsis ATS were honored for their actions in saving the life of a spectator at a Carolina volleyball match last fall. The medical staff successfully revived the spectator who was in cardiac arrest using CPR and AED. Chase, Mays, Mir and Natsis were four of the 13 athletic trainers honored at the banquet for lifesaving accomplishments.
Johanna White, a senior at UNC, was presented with the Hall of Fame Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and Deema Al-Ghandour, a junior, receieved the Pioneer Scholarship for Service.
National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about all that athletic trainers do. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.