The Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Inc. (WATA) is a professional membership association for athletic trainers (AT) and others who support the athletic training profession in Wisconsin. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians working toward the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions and injuries. The mission of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers ' Association is to improve the quality of health care for the physically active in the state of Wisconsin by the promotion and advancement of the athletic training profession and the licensed/certified athletic trainer.
The WATA honored its award winners at the 41st Annual Meeting and Symposium at the Potawatomi Hotel in Milwaukee, WI on April 17th. Inducted into the WATA Hall of Fame was Larry Sayles, ATC, LAT. Chris Geiser, Scott Doberstein, MS, ATC, LAT and John Ochsenwald, MS, LAT were presented with the Outstanding Educator Award. The WATA also presented Andrea Patterson of UW Eau Claire the Founding Fathers Scholarship, Jamie Destache of UW Stevens Point and Brandon Yach of UW Oshkosh the Mueller Undergraduate Scholarship, and Beth Kinslow, MS, LAT the Jeff Oliphant Post Graduate Scholarship.
The WATA honored outgoing Board of Director, Keith Owsley, who has served as the WATA Vice President for two terms.
Congratulations to Michael Deal, Brandon Yach, and Dan Meyer from UW Oshkosh for winning the GLATA Quiz Bowl in Wheeling, IL March 11-15.
The WATA would also like to recognize Steph Fall, ATC, of New Richmond High School, who was awarded the NATA Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award.