Athletic Training Program Director Named Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

Valerie Moody, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2017 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award recipients. Moody, a resident of Florence, is a professor in the Department of Health & Human Performance and the program director of Athletic Training at the University of Montana.

The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. MDAT exclusively recognizes NATA members who have been involved in service and leadership activities at the national and district level.

This award acknowledges outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been a NATA member, both for at least 20 years.

“We are always excited to recognize the dedication, excellence, inspirational outlook and commitment of our honorees, and this year is no exception. These recipients serve as role models to their peers and represent some of the best of the best of the athletic training profession, said NATA Honors & Awards Committee Chair Charlie Thompson, MS, ATC. “We know they will continue to contribute to their place of work and their community at large in ensuring the quality of care and optimal health moving into the years ahead.”

The presentation will be made during NATA’s 68th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Houston, Texas on June 28, 2017.