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June 19, 2012

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WTAMU’s Strong Named a NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

CANYON, Texas—The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) will present one of its prestigious 2012 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Awards to Lorna Strong, head of West Texas A&M University’s Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences, during its annual meeting June 26-29 in St. Louis, Mo.

The award recognizes exceptional and unique contributions to the athletic training profession and reflects Strong’s commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. Strong is actively involved in all aspects of the athletic training education program at WTAMU and recently announced the University’s athletic training program’s reaccreditation for the next 10 years. She represents the Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences on many UniLorna Strongversity committees and is active as a member or committee leader in the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Board of Certification, the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association and the Texas Panhandle Sports Medicine Society. She also has many published papers to her credit and has presented her work locally and at national meetings.

“Lorna has stated multiple times that service is paramount for her professionally as well as personally; I could not concur more,” Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said. “She is the administrative head for a growing, complex department and performs this responsibility extremely well. Lorna is not only the department head but also the ATEP (Athletic Training Education Program) director and manages the complex accreditation criteria, documents, facilities, equipment and site visit preparation with amazing efficacy.

“Her desire is to do her best in each committee, activity, office or other service that she is engaged in. She clearly does this with excellence, competence and a servant heart. Lorna Strong is an excellent colleague; the department, college and University are fortunate to have her. Moreover, the profession of athletic training is fortunate to have Lorna as one of its own, and she is absolutely deserving of being named as an NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer.”

The 2012 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award will be added to Strong’s already impressive list of accolades which includes the 2010 Bobby Gunn Unsung Hero Award, the 2007 National Athletic Trainers Association Athletic Trainer Service Award and the 2002 Top of Texas Athletic Trainer of the Year. University awards include the 2008 WTAMU Alumni Association University Excellence Award, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean’s Award for Service Excellence, Faculty Development Grants and the 2003 Department of Sports and Exercises Outstanding Professor Award.

Strong received a bachelor’s degree in human performance health science with an emphasis in sports medicine in 1990 from Rice University. She earned a master’s degree in exercise science in 1993 from the University of Central Arkansas.



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