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NCATA Partnership

North Carolina Athletic Trainers are crucial for a successful athletic program. They are the unsung heroes for interscholastic, collegiate and professional programs. We are delighted to recognize the achievements of these “heroes” at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Bobby Guthrie, Associate Executive Director of the Sports Hall of Fame

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (NCSHOF) in partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA) had a ribbon cutting and reception for the “Athletic Trainers and Sports Medicine Display” at the North Carolina Museum of History on Sunday, February 26, 2017. This display was in recognition of the athletic trainers who have been providing health care and safety for athletes since 1950, and recognizing March as National Athletic Training Month.

The display was on the third floor where the NCSHOF Museum is located during the month of March. In recognition of the influence that athletic trainers have had on the healthcare and safety of athletes and active individuals in North Carolina, this display honored the NCATA Hall of Fame, NCATA Lifesavers, and provided information about the history of athletic training in our state as well as information about the prevention and identification of health conditions.

This was a unique opportunity for the public to learn about the profession of athletic training. This event kicked off a one month display at the museum for March-National Athletic Training Month. 

The display focused on three areas:

  1. Information to help the public understand how to identify catastrophic sports injuries and identify health risks.
  2. Education on the field of athletic training and recognition of North Carolina’s athletic training lifesavers and hall of fame members.
  3. Though approximately 2 percent of all collegiate athletes from the NCAA become professional athletes, there are other options to being on the frontline of sports, including working as licensed athletic trainers.

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association welcome everyone to see this display and to contact the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association for information on a rewarding career as an athletic trainer at  

The NCSHOF and NCATA will continue this partnership to promote the history and importance of athletic trainers. 


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