2018 NATM

NCATA March 2018 Athletic
Training Month Events

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USS North Carolina Battleship Event (March 3, 2018)

The NCATA hosted a social event on the USS North Carolina Battleship during its conference. This event was a joint PR and programming event, merging the membership with members of the community that have interest in our patient population. Guests included Linda Reece New Hanover PTA Council President, Caelynn Miller-Keyes Miss North Carolina USA 2018 whose platform includes Title IX issues pertaining to assault on resources on campus and Bobbie Guthrie who leads our partnership with the NC Sports Hall of Fame. The event also included a message from athletic trainer Richelle Tripeda, ATC responsible for the US Army Special Operations in Fort Bragg, NC.



LifeSaver Tree Dedication (March 4, 2018)

A tree was dedicated to athletic trainers in the state that had saved a life or prevented a catastrophic injury from being exacerbated. At this dedication two lifesaving ATs were presented with their plaques. Emily Gaddy, ATC from Orange HS who was instrumental in the care of 2 athletes with significant head trauma, one of which was in a coma. And Kelly Daniels ATC who was involved in a the care of an athlete with a cervical spine injury. The tree and plaque will be in the highly visited Legion Stadium in Wilmington, NC, home of the Wilmington Sharks and Hammerheads.


​​Cary Theater Event (March 24th, 2018)

The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association held an informative, interactive event to provide career information to aspiring high school students throughout Wake County with the help of Randy Pridgen, Kevin King and Will Conlon at the unique location of the Cary Theater.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Uptown Charlotte (March 17th, 2018)

The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association and its’ members with assistant from athletic trainers from the University of South Carolina is using an Athletic Training/St. Patrick’s Themed Float in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Charlotte, NC.  The parade is estimated to draw exposure to nearly 70,000 individuals!




Discovery Place Museum Science of Sports Day (March 24th 2018)

The 2nd Annual Science of Sports Day is designed as an event to explore the science behind athletic health, wellness, rehabilitation and careers in athletic training.  It is part of a partnership created with the Discovery Place Science Museum.

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North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (All month)

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (NCSHOF) in partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA) is displaying banners during the Month of March in recognition of the NC athletic trainers

The display is 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 will honor the NCATA Hall of Fame, NCATA Lifesavers, and provide information about the history of athletic training in our state as well as information about the prevention and identification of health conditions

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

The display will focus 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.





Mobile Clinical Simulation Truck (March 3, 2018)

The East Carolina University Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Center was able provide our clinical symposium with their new Mobile Healthcare Simulation Unit.  The truck is one of only nine in the country and the only one in the southeast.  The educational program focused on the prevention of various catastrophic sports injuries such as exertional heat stroke, brain injury and cardiac failure.  It contains a realistic, simulated, fully equipped hospital resuscitation bay, an additional ambulance compartment, a control area and video debriefing capability. The interior can be converted into a classroom setting to accommodate a variety of educational activities.  The high-fidelity mannequins simulated the situations that the athletic trainer would encounter in a clinical setting.


Governor of North Carolina

The Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, recorded a video message supporting Athletic Trainers and the care provided to student-athlete across the state.


Mayor of Wilmington

The Mayor of Wilmington, North Carolina, Bill Saffo, recorded a video message welcoming our members to the area and sharing his appreciate of Athletic Training and protection of student-athlete health.


NATM Posters promoting Athletic Training around the City of Wilmington

The City of Wilmington agreed to share space in the city park system display posters highlighting our member athletic trainers working with facts about the value of athletic training. 


Kite Contest

The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association held a state-wide Kite Design competition among various Athletic Training Education Programs in the state.  This year’s Athletic Training Education Program challenge competition was inspired by sandy, oceanfront NCATA Business Meeting and Symposium location at Wrightsville Beach.  The exceptional kite entries served as a creative means to foster comradery and draw awareness to athletic training during our NATM.




Specialty License Plate

The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association designed an official Athletic Training Specialty License Plate for the state of North Carolina in an effort to promote the profession and our interest.  We received over 100 applications, yet we are still working with our membership and supporters to reach the minimum threshold to proceed with an order.

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