History museum opens exhibit celebrating athletic trainers


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Author: Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

They might not get top billing at sports games, but athletic trainers play a big role in the success of athletes on the field, in the pool and on the court.

To celebrate their work, in partnership with the N.C. Athletic Trainers’ Association, the N.C. Museum of History will open a temporary exhibit this weekend.

The display will be outside the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame from Sunday through April 16. It’s free to see. The exhibit will recognize the countless athletic trainers who have provided health care and safety for athletes since 1950. A ribbon cutting is planned at 1 p.m., Sunday.

The display will focus on three areas, according to a press release:

  • Information to help the public understand how to identify catastrophic sports injuries and identify health risks.
  • Education on the field of athletic training and recognition of North Carolina’s athletic training lifesavers and Hall of Fame members.
  • Details about sports career options, including working as a licensed athletic trainer. After all, only 2 percent of all collegiate athletes from the NCAA go pro, but there are plenty of other opportunities to be on the frontline of sports.

The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free.