Author: Melanie Balakit
Battle Ground Academy athletic trainer Gary Beatty has won two top awards in sports medicine.
Beatty won the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award for the Southeast Region of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the High School Athletic Trainer of the Year of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, according to a news release.
The awards honor athletic trainers who have made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic care program and the overall profession of secondary school athletic training.
Beatty works for STAR Physical Therapy, a subsidiary of U.S. Physical Therapy, and has served as BGA’s athletic trainer since 2006.
He also serves on the school’s Health and Safety Committee and does weekly injury assessments at the Williamson County Parks and Recreation facility.
He was nominated by his mentor and fellow athletic trainer Chris Snoddy who first recruited Beatty to attend Lipscomb University and serve as a student athletic trainer. Snoddy also works with Beatty at STAR Physical Therapy.
Beatty is also a member of the Wrestling Weight Management Board for the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association and has served on committees for the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society.
Beatty has worked in sports medicine for more than 26 years.
Before coming to BGA, Beatty was the athletic trainer for Davidson Academy in Nashville. He’s also worked with Trover Clinic in Madisonville, Kentucky; Cumberland University in Lebanon; Lipscomb University in Nashville; and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.