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EKU Athletic Training (AT) Alumni Continue to Guide AT Education

EKU alumni represent at an NATA ECE committee meeting

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) utilizes a number of volunteer committees to advise and fulfill various needs within the profession. The NATA Executive Committee for Education (ECE) was designed to "facilitate[s] quality professional and post-professional education, coordinate[s] the delivery of educational programming for the profession and maintain[s] a dialogue with its CAATE and BOC liaisons on accreditation and certification matters affecting AT education. The Executive Committee for Education informs and assists the profession in setting the direction for athletic training education.  Emphasizing a commitment to improving patient care through an evidence-based approach, the ECE proactively influences best educational practices that reflect athletic training’s interprofessional nature and commitment to learning" (

Thirty-one members on this committee are listed on the NATA website and out of those members almost 10% are graduates of EKU. Athletic Trainers at EKU and faculty in the EKU Athletic Training Program have always led by example with regards to professional involvement and graduates of the program have continued to carry the torch. Pictured above are Dr. Alice Wilcoxson, Dr. Gary Wilkerson, and Dr. Paul Krawietz.

Dr. Wilcoxson is currently employed at Purdue University as the Clinical Education Coordinator, a clinical athletic trainer, and a faculty member in the program. She has served in almost all leadership positions within an athletic training program, including as a preceptor and as a program director of EKU's program in the past.

Dr. Gary Wilkerson is a tenured professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he has taught in the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program for the past 18 years. He has received the designation of NATA Fellow, and he is a Hall of Fame member of both SEATA and NATA. His research has been published in numerous professional journals, with recent work focused on effective utilization of technology and predictive modeling for continuous quality improvement in athletic training clinical practice.

Dr. Paul Krawietz is the Program Director at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the Professional Development Committee and Chair of the Planing Subcommittee for the next two Athletic Training Educators Conferences. He has served clinically at the collegiate and professional levels in several different locations. In recognition of his professional involvement, which he credits to the example and expectations of Dr. Barton, he is a recipient of the NATA Service Award and the North Texas Athletic Trainers' Society Aubry Fisk Service Award for Excellence.

In addition to members of the ECE, EKU AT alumni Kelly Jo Trimble and Kristan Erdman also actively serve on NATA committees that influence the practice and education of athletic trainers. Kelly Jo is currently working with the Cincinnati Ballet through Mercy Health and is on the Committee of Practice Advancement which evaluates emerging settings for AT employment and ways to progress these opportunities. Kristan is currently serving as the Program Director at Murray State University. She has served on the Public Relations committee for the NATA over the past four years and serves as a CAATE site visitor.

We thank these alumni for their continued service to the profession and AT education as well as all other alumni and faculty who serve in other capacities at the state, district and national levels.

*Disclaimer: It is highly probable that an alumnus has been overlooked in the writing of this article. It was not intentional. If you are an alumnus of EKU's AT Program and currently serving in a committee at any level of the profession (state, district or national), please, send me an email and I'll gladly add an amendment to this posting!

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Matthew J Sabin

Published on February 04, 2018

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