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STAR Athletic Trainers Recognized at State Meeting

STAR Athletic Trainers Recognized at State Meeting

STAR Physical Therapy was founded in 1997 with 2 outpatient physical therapy clinics and a small sports medicine outreach program that provided Certified Athletic Trainers to serve a few middle Tennessee high schools.  Today, STAR provides world-class physical therapy in 70+ outpatient clinics and boasts an incredible sports medicine outreach program that provides Athletic Trainers in more than 40 schools throughout Tennessee.  At last week’s Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society annual meeting, several of STAR’s Athletic Trainers received awards for their accomplishments and dedication to the profession.

National Athletic Trainers’ Lifesaver Recognition

Chelsea Hodges and Chris Snoddy were both awarded National Athletic Trainers’ Lifesaver Recognition. Chelsea and Chris serve as Athletic Trainers at Goodpasture Christian School in Nashville, Tennessee.  Most people see our Athletic Trainers assisting athletes on the sidelines at sporting events.  However, the presence of Athletic Trainers can literally save lives both on and off the field.  Chelsea and Chris received this award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for their efforts that contributed to saving the life of a parent who was attending a Goodpasture Christian School event in October, 2015.
The NATA Lifesaver Recognition program is open to any NATA member who is directly involved with a lifesaving event.  The NATA defines a lifesaving event as a situation in which the victim(s) would have or most likely would have died had the Athletic Trainer not intervened by providing skilled medical care and assistance.
NATA Lifesaver Recognition recipients will receive a Certificate of Recognition and a letter from the NATA executive director and president. Additionally, the lifesaver and lifesaving event will be noted in the NATA News.
Incredible job Chelsea and Chris.  Thank you so much for serving Goodpasture and your community!

Backbone Award

Wade Bartlett was honored as this year’s recipient of the TATS Backbone Award.  Wade has served middle Tennessee over the years in a variety of capacities – as an Athletic Trainer with the Nashville Predators, in local high schools, and at athletic events and facilities in the community.  Currently, Wade serves as STAR Physical Therapy’s Coordinator of Event Medicine.  The Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society describes the Backbone Award as follows: “Behind many great leaders there are personnel who demonstrate a work ethic that often goes unrecognized. The professional dedication and personal sacrifice of these individuals allows those with supervisory responsibility to better meet their obligations. The Backbone Award is given to that person whose commitment and enthusiasm exemplifies the unselfish loyalty to their respective programs, staff and athletes.”
Congratulations Wade and thank you for your selfless service!

Guest Speaker

Jonathan Overbey, PT, MOMT, ATC, LAT, was honored to be a guest speaker at this year’s annual meeting.  In addition to being an Athletic Trainer, Jonathan is a Physical Therapist, a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (MOMT), and serves as Director of our Bellevue YMCA physical therapy clinic.  Jonathan is an incredible clinician and has a passion for educating others.  At this year’s annual meeting, Jonathan shared a fantastic presentation on the principles of manual physical therapy.  Jonathan, thank you for continuing to serve your peers and for the incredible care you provide in the clinic!