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Union Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers Earn National Award

Union Center for Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers Receive National Award

Union Health athletic trainers Aimee Eldridge, ATC and Kylie Fendrick, ATC, along with Indiana State Graduate Assistance trainer Shelby Watts, have earned the Safe Sports School Award at Terre Haute South Vigo High School, awarded by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. NATA champions safety and recognized secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. This award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

Eldridge and Fendrick are a part of the Union Health Center for Sports Medicine staff, and provide year long and essential athletic training services as a part of a parternship with the Vigo County School Corportation. Eldridge, Fendrick and Watts applied for the grant at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. Union Health Sports Medicine supports athletic training at all Vigo County secondary schools, as well as nine other Wabash Valley High Schools. Watts recently graduated Indiana State University and now works on the East Coast.

“Congratulations to Aimee, Kylie and Shelby on this great award,” said Union Health Center for Sports Medicine Manager Yevette Cress. “I am proud of the work that they have done, and the continuing efforts of our entire staff of athletic trainers and physicians to provide compassionate, essential care to athletes across the Wabash Valley.

“The health and safety of student-athletes is critical as it has both immediate and long-term effects,” said NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. “NATA created the ‘Safe Sports School Award’ to recognize and champion schools nationwide that are committed to enhancing safety in sports.”

Union Health Center for Sports Medicine provides athletic trainers to Vigo County School Corporation secondary schools, Riverton Parke High School, Parke Heritage High School, South Vermillion High School, North Vermillion High School, Northview High School, Clay City High School, North Central High School, Marshall (IL) High School and Union-Dugger High School. (photo submitted)

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