NSU’s Gatens Named ATAF Athletic Trainer of the Year

MAITLAND, Fla. – Adding more accolades to the stockpile from a highly-successful 2018-19 year for Nova Southeastern Athletics, head athletic trainer Amy Gatens was named the 2019 College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year by The Athletic Trainers Association of Florida (ATAF) during the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Saturday, July 13 in Kissimmee, Fla.
 
“I’m honored and humbled to be selected as the 2019 College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida,” Gatens said. “I’ve become the person and athletic trainer I am today by surrounding myself with a great support system, including my family, friends and colleagues. I am grateful to Larry Starr, Michael Mominey and NSU for taking a chance on me 13 years ago and I am especially thankful for my husband and kids who always believe in me.”
 
Gatens joined the sports medicine staff at Nova Southeastern in July of 2006 and was promoted to head athletic trainer in April 2018. Her primary charge for the Sharks is the men’s basketball team.
 
Award winners are evaluated on professionalism and involvement, as well as service, leadership and commitment to the profession.
 
The award is presented annually to a college or university athletic trainer who has displayed throughout the year a high level of professionalism and whose actions have improved the profession and The Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida. The nominee must be a Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainer, and member of ATAF for a minimum of 5 years, who is licensed to practice Athletic Training in the State of Florida and work in a college, university or community college.
 

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