Since 1974, the NCATA has served to support athletic trainers, to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in North Carolina. The NCATA is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (District 3) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.     

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2019

Blake Wickerham, Assistant Athletic Trainer, and Rob Murphy, Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine, both of North Carolina State University, identified and successfully treated a Men’s Soccer player suffering from an anaphylactic reaction following a team meal on campus. 

 

Emma Spisak, Head Athletic Trainer for Club Sports at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, managed a severe head injury in a rugby player presenting with extended seizures, loss of consciousness and vomiting.  The injury resulted in extended hospital stay and rehabilitation.  Her actions resulted in appropriate prehospital care, and well executed emergency action plan. 

2018

Kelly Daniels from Perquimans High School in Elizabeth City for her management of a traumatic cervical spine injury
NCATA presented a one-time award for 2018 The Lifesaver of the Year Award.  It was presented to Emily Gaddy from Orange High School in Hillsborough for her management of 2 traumatic brain injuries resulting in hospitalizations  and continued advocacy for the management of concussions.  

 

2017

Tyler Long of South Carolina State was awarded honorary NCATA Lifesaver Recognition for his actions during a cardiac arrest during the NC State basketball game. NC State ATs Austin Frank and John Garcia were also honored, as well as the leadership and actions of the entire NC State Sports Medicine Staff

2016

Stephen Digh ATC of Tuscola HS and Jennifer Frey ATC of Pisgah HS worked together to revive the head soccer referee who had collapsed of an apparent heart attack.  MORE HERE  

2015

Kim Chase ATC, Sally Mays ATC, Jake Mir ATC, Carly Natsis ATS of UNC-Chapel Hill,  UNC Volleyball medical staff successfully revived spectator who was in cardiac arrest using CPR and AED

Eric Hall ATC of Cary High School accurately identified and referred high school football player experiencing a Stroke.

Roslyn Hart ATC , Sara Woods ATC and Jordan Johnson  ATS of  Carolinas Healthcare System-Blue Ridge,  successfully resuscitated a man who went into cardiac arrest while playing tennis near the cross country event they were covering.

Brendon Jonsson ATC of Southeastern Healthcare and Jordan Jones ATS successfully identified, stabilized and referred a football player with a lacerated spleen. MORE HERE

John Lavender ATC & Ian Mushinski ATC of Winston Salem State University,  recognized, stabilized and assisted with the transport of a collegiate football player with multiple levels of neck fractures.  READ TWO ARTICLES:  1ST2ND 

Elizabeth Nottingham ATC of South Rowan High School successfully resuscitated a high school soccer player who collapsed due to cardiac arrest.

Brenda Paider of Catawba College utilized CPR and AED on a high school basketball player who collapsed due to cardiac arrest at a summer camp. MORE HERE

Heather Teague ATC of Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC revived a high school soccer player who collapsed due to cardiac arrest

Tracy Yoshikawa ATC of Eastern Carolina University successfully identified and treated a women’s soccer player with heat stroke and core temperature of 108. 

 

2013

John Manor ATC  at UNC-Chapel Hill sports camp identified and referred a rare fracture of the 1st rib in a lacrosse player

Jennifer Lynch Caldwell ATC of Belmont Abby College successfully identified and referred a soccer player with an unknown bee sting allergy who ended up going into anaphylaxis.

Jana Webb ATC of Eastern Randolph and Jeff Guffrey ATC of Southern Guilford HS worked together to treat an unconscious football player during a game.

 

2012

Bob Casmus ATC stabilized and referred a football player at Catawba College who sustained a fractured neck.

Eric Hall  ATC of Cary High School treated exertional heat illness in a football player with over 104 temperature, and advocated for EMS education of evidenced based heat protocol

Mary Sult ATC and Garrie Storie ATC Football ATs in Randolph County (NC) worked to successfully identify, stabilized, spineboard and transports a football player that had broken his neck.

 

2011

Nina Walker ATC treated severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to peanuts on a bus in rural SC.

 

2009

Eric Hall ATC, Brent Dorenkamp, ATC and Marc Mooney, ATC, successfully responded to a collapsed football player who went into cardiac arrest at Wakefield High School. MORE HERE

Doug Bennett ATC and Tim Mauntel ATC, Club athletic trainers at UNC- Chapel Hill, successfully revived an club team handball  member with and AED and CPR after going into cardiac arrest.

 

2008

Jon Schner ATC of Greensboro Day School in NC. Successfully resuscitated an 8th grader that went into cardiac arrest during lunch time play in school.

Crystal Shirk ATC of Charles D Owen HS was able to assess, refer and identify a football player with exertional sickle cell trait.