Dunkirk native Dr. Amanda Benson received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA).
This award is designed to recognize and honor those who have served and demonstrated outstanding and unusual service to SEATA and the profession of athletic training.
Benson is the Assistant Program Director for Athletic Training at LSU. She entered LSU in 2015 as the Assistant Program Director and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Kinesiology. Prior to her arrival at LSU, Dr. Benson worked at Troy University where she served in various capacities from 2003-2014 including the clinical coordinator, department chair and program director for athletic training.
In addition to her duties as the Assistant Program Director at LSU, Benson is an active volunteer to the profession of athletic training. She currently serves on the National Research and Education Foundation Scholarship Committee, is a Review Team member and site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and has worked with USA Tae Kwon Do. She has earned various accolades throughout her career including: the Ingalls Award, which is given to the most outstanding teacher at Troy University, the College and University Athletic Training Award for the State of Alabama, the SEATA Education/Administration award, and Phi Kappa Phi Scholars Award.
The Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) is District IX of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. It is a not-for-profit organization dealing with the concerns of its members and the profession of athletic training as a whole.