All of the faculty in the Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program and nine students took part in the annual meeting of the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association, District 10. The March meeting in Vancouver, Wash., drew athletic trainers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and three Canadian provinces.
"Our faculty serve in leadership roles or educational roles throughout the region," says Russ Richardson, director of the Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program. "No other program in the Northwest has the level of service and leadership involvement in the profession than Whitworth."
Richardson serves as the secretary/treasurer for district 10. During this year's annual meeting, Richardson's commitment to service and leadership was recognized when he was named the recipient of the Washington State Athletic Trainers Association Excellence in Service Award and the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association Outstanding Service Award. Richardson previously served for six years as the NATA district meeting coordinator, which entailed negotiating contracts and organizing meetings and symposia. From 1993-95, Richardson was president of the Athletic Trainers Association for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
During the clinical symposium at the annual meeting, Head Athletic Trainer Melinda Larson gave two invited presentations: "Current Trends in Electrotherapy" and "Ultra Sound and Its Application." Larson has previously served as the registration coordinator for the NATA District 10 annual meeting.
Assistant Athletic Trainer Mike Ediger served chaired the College and University Athletic Training Student Forum, during which students took part in career-development workshops and presented research and educational programs to their peers. Whitworth senior Aubrey Prince gave a presentation on light therapy during the student forum and served as moderator of the student luncheon.
Assistant Athletic Trainer Todd Sandberg chairs the Hall of Fame/Honors and Awards Committee of the NATA, District 10. In this position, Sandberg develops, promotes and oversees the process of nominating a candidate for the District 10 Hall of Fame. This year, Sandberg presented the district awards.
Also during the annual meeting, Athletic Training Instructor Jolene Fisher was elected to serve as secretary/treasurer for the Washington State Athletic Trainers' Association as secretary-treasurer (the state association is part of District 10).