North Carolina Museum of History Sets Up Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Display During March
Museum recognizes athletic trainers and the work they do
Eric Hall, an athletic trainer at Cary High School, aids an injured player as students observe.
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association
An Athletic Training and Sports Medicine display will be set up outside the entrance to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame at the North Carolina Museum of History March 1-31. According to the museum, 7,868,900 high schoolers, 480,000 NCAA players and the 9,200 professional athletes are at risk of injury each year.
The Sports Hall of Fame, in partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, will open this display to recognize athletic trainers, who have been providing health care and safety advice to athletes since 1950. The display will celebrate March as National Athletic Training Month.
"North Carolina’s athletic trainers are crucial for a successful athletic program," says Bobby Guthrie, associate executive director of the Sports Hall of Fame. "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.
The display will focus on three areas:
- Information, to help the public understand how to recognize catastrophic sports injuries and identify health risks.
- Education, to introduce the field of athletic training and recognize North Carolina’s athletic training lifesavers and hall of fame members.
- Options, to provide alternatives to being on the frontline of sports — though approximately 2 percent of all players in the NCAA become professional athletes — 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 at ncathletictrainer.org for information about a rewarding career as an athletic trainer.
Athletic Trainers Lexie Smith and Mark White aiding an injured player at the NCCA East-West All-Star Game.
Courtesy of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association
Source: North Carolina Museum of History