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Athletic trainers win statewide award for work with WS/FCS high school students

MARCH 22, 2012 – Steve Garner, MHA, LAT, ATC, CSCS, athletic training supervisor for Forsyth Medical Center, and Ashley Donahue, MS, LAT, ATC, athletic training coordinator for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, have been selected as co-recipients of the inaugural Clinical & Emerging Practice Athletic Trainer of the Year Award from the N.C. Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA). They received their awards at the NCATA’s 35th Annual Clinical Symposium in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., March 16-18.

Garner and Donahue were recognized for their work with the county’s certified athletic trainer program for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, a joint effort by Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist that launched last year. Certified athletic trainers from the two medical centers work with student athletes at 12 public high schools in Forsyth County in an effort to reduce injuries and improve treatment for those student athletes who are injured.

Janna Fonseca, honors and awards chair for the NCATA, says the collaborative nature of the program impressed the honors and awards committee.

“It’s unusual for us to grant an award to two recipients, but what we really liked about this situation is that you have the region’s major medical centers working closely together to provide the highest level of care to student athletes in our community,” Fonseca says.
Theo Helm