TU Athletic Training Faculty Win National Awards

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) has honored two University of Tulsa athletic training faculty members for top honors this year.

Greg GardnerGreg Gardner, Associate Director for the School of Nursing and Associate Clinical Professor of Athletic Training, was named one of eight recipients of NATA’s 2011 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. Robin Ploeger, Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training, received the Athletic Training Service Award. The athletic training program is offered through the TU School of Nursing in the Collins College of Business.

Gardner and Ploeger are slated to receive the awards from the NATA this year at the annual meeting in New Orleans in June.

Robin PloegerNATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession at the local, state, national or international level. The Athletic Training Service Award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local, state and district levels. Recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer.

“Robin and Greg are standouts among their peers and we are extremely proud to have them on our faculty,” said Gale Sullenberger, Dean of the Collins College of Business. “I commend them for their hard work and dedication to being among the best in their field.”

Gardner has served as a member of the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training and was a founding member of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training, to which he was elected president in November 2007. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 1984 and his master’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1985. He earned his doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995, while he was already active in the athletic training field. He joined the TU faculty in 1995.

Ploeger obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 1990, master’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1993 and doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 2002. She also joined the TU faculty in 1995. She was a member of the NATA College/University Athletic Training Student Committee and Chair of the Mid-American Athletic Training Student Committee from 2001-2007, then chair of the NATA College/University Athletic Training Student Committee in 2007-2008. Since 2008, she has been Senior Mentor for the National Athletic Training Students’ Committee; a national committee comprised for 11 undergraduate athletic training students.

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