athletic trainer receives IHSAA sports medicine award



athletic trainer receives IHSAA sports medicine award

Article reposted from Newton Daily News
Author: Jocelyn Sheets

Matt Scotton, athletic trainer for Newton High School, has been named recipient of the 2016 Sports Medicine Award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association, which was announced this week.

Scotton is a physical therapist at Kinetic Edge and the Newton clinic manager. He has served as athletic trainer for Newton High since 1994. Scotton was nominated for the award by Newton High Athletic Director Scott Garvis.

“I am honored to work with such an amazing person,” Garvis said. “Matt is truly the epitome of the term servant leader. He works tirelessly to assure our student-athletes are safe and communicates with our staff on a daily basis. He is an integral part of the Newton athletic department.”

Scotton will receive the award during halftime of the Class 3A championship football game on Nov. 17 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

“It’s an honor to receive this award, especially for doing a job I love to do,” Scotton said.

For 22 years, Scotton has been working with Newton High athletes. He also worked as high school athletic trainer for Colfax-Mingo from 1999 to 2009.

Scotton, who grew up near Shenandoah, earned his bachelor’s degree at Central College. His master’s degree is from the University of Iowa, and his doctorate degree is from Des Moines University.

“For the last five decades we have taken great pride in presenting this award to sports medicine personnel because of the valuable role they play in the success of education-based athletic programs. It is our pleasure to include Matt in this group of honorees,” IHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste said.

Scotton was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Sports Medicine Award given by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association.

“I became an athletic trainer because I tore my ACL in high school and discovered a passion to help people restore their health and abilities to activities they love,” Scotton said. “I love athletic training for NHS because of the athletes, coaches and parents. Newton has an outstanding work ethic and emphasis on teamwork and character that makes working with these dedicated people a daily pleasure.”

Scotton said sometimes it is about just talking to athletes about taking care of small problems before they become injuries. He said when an injury does occur he educates athletes and parents about what to do next.

“My mission as Newton’s athletic trainer is to provide valuable advice to student athletes, and their parents, and coaches and facilitate important communications to restore health and education,” Scotton said.

Scotton and his wife, Sandy, have two daughters — Kora and Hannah — who were swimmers for Newton High.

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