Al Proctor has been called the “Father of Sports Medicine” on the high school scene in North Carolina.
He hosted the first athletic training clinic in the state in 1962, and over a 34-year span, taught 5,000 students his taping and treatment techniques.
As Director of Athletics, Sports Medicine and Healthful Living with the Department of Public Instruction, he supervised the development of sports medicine programs in the state’s high schools and created an adult-teacher certification program.
The addition of student trainers and teacher certified personnel led to a dramatic drop in injuries and re-injuries. Proctor even shared his expertise overseas, conducting clinics in Germany and Hawaii during his serviceable career.
A pioneer in the field of sports medicine. Served as athletic trainer at both Duke and Tennessee. Orthopedic surgeon for more than 50 years. Cerebral Palsy and Crippled Children’s Hospital at Duke is named in his honor. [more…]