The National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) will show their support for National Athletic Training Month (NATM) and its theme “Essential to Health Care” with a lapel pin that NBA athletic trainers will wear during games.
The pins, which will feature both the NBATA and athletic trainer (AT) logos, will reflect this year's theme “Essential to Health Care”, which highlights the monumental work that athletic trainers have done as front-line health care leaders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in the US.
“The novel coronavirus pandemic drastically reshaped how we delivered care to our athletes, said Dr. Frederick Azar, president of the NBA Physicians Association and team physician for the Memphis Grizzlies.
“As physicians, we rely on the assistance of the NBA’s athletic trainers to navigate the various covid-19 protocols, from testing coordination to contact tracing, to ensure players and staff are safe while at work and at home.
"On the frontlines of this global health crisis, the NBA’s athletic trainers' adaptability in a constantly changing environment and flexibility under pressure were critical to providing comprehensive medical care during this turbulent period.”
NBATA chairman and vice president, alongside the player care and performance delicate for the New Orleans Pelicans, Aaron Nelson added: “Athletic trainers have always been essential to health care, but this past year, athletic trainers have demonstrated that they truly are a vital component of the athlete’s health care team
“The NBATA pins represent the front-line work done by 90+ NBA athletic trainers who have put the health and safety of players first and foremost, especially during an unprecedented time.”
The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) has designated March as National Athletic Training Month, to spread awareness of the impact athletic trainers (ATs) have on work, life and sport. Athletic trainers are health care professionals that prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries for active people in many industries, including sports, military and clinical practice,
Author: Jake Wilkin