Awards Descriptions

Please take the time to nominate a deserving colleague. OATA Hall of Fame nominations are due on 11/1, all other awards are due on 12/1.

Award Qualifications:

Hall of Fame

  • Longevity - Twenty years as certified/licensed; fifteen in Ohio
  • Committee Review - Each candidate will receive an in-depth review by a member of the Hall of Fame  
  • Outstanding Performance
  • Candidates must demonstrate excellence in a minimum of one of the following categories:
    • Service to the state, district, and/or national organizations.
    • Community service as demonstrated by but not limited to:
      • Presentations
      • Memberships(civic, church, school organizations)
      • Awards or other outstanding achievements
    • Scholarly activity as demonstrated by but not limited to:
      • Publications
      • Noteworthy presentations
    • Education (in preparation of future athletic trainers)
    • Activities of a creative or innovative nature in athletic training

 

Linda Weber Daniel Outstanding Mentor Award

  • Mentor – role model, counselor, tutor, coach, guide.
  • Qualities of a mentor – love of profession, good listener, quality character, kind, and someone who looks for teaching opportunities.
  • Role of a mentor – sets goals, teaches others to accept individual differences, works on both strengths and weaknesses, acclimates people quickly to new environments, guides individuals (helps them help themselves), instills confidence, reassures, and encourages.
  • Qualifications:
    • Athletic trainer in good standing in the OATA
    • Meets the athletic training standards of the Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Athletic Trainers’ Board of Ohio.
    • Athletic trainer for at least five (5) years.
    • Has worked in a mentor/educational role for at least five (5) years.

 

Athletic Trainer of the Year

  • Athletic Trainer in good standing in the OATA
  • Meets the athletic training standards of the Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Athletic Trainers’ Board of Ohio.
  • The nominee must have worked a minimum of five (5) years in the state of Ohio.
  • The nominee should have made contributions to the athletes and athletics at the state, district, and/or national level.
  • The nominee should have made contributions/support to the profession of athletic training at the state, district, and/or national level.
  • The nominee should be a well-respected member of his/her community (i.e.: volunteer, civic organizations, church, school).
  • Members are eligible to receive this award only once.
  • Current members of the Executive Committee are not eligible.

 

Team Physician Award

  • Purpose - To recognize team physicians who:
    • Are committed to the care of competitive athletes.
    • Work effectively with athletic trainers in forming an efficient team to deliver care to athletes.
    • Actively support the profession of athletic training.
  • Qualifications
  • Team Physician does NOT have to be an OATA Member.
  • Team Physicians must be actively involved with a team.

 

Service Award

  • Purpose – to recognize those members of the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association who have demonstrated a superior level of excellence in advancing and/or promoting the profession of athletic training in the state of Ohio.  This should be demonstrated through their activities, contributions, or services to the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  • Nominees must have been active members of the OATA for a minimum of five (5) years immediately preceding their nomination.

 

Special Consideration Award

  • Person(s) eligible for the Special Consideration Award(s) must have performed exceptional service in promoting the objectives of the OATA.
  • The nominee should be a well-respected member of his/her community (i.e. volunteer, civic organizations, church, school).
  • The nominee should have been involved in a life-saving or humanitarian effort.     

 

Honorary Membership

  • A written nomination may come from any OATA member, submitted to the Immediate Past President, forwarded to the Honorary Membership Committee Sub chair, which shall describe in detail the nominee’s contribution to the profession of athletic training such as:
    • Team physician
    • Representative of a business or organization that has shown continued support for athletic trainers
    • Representative of an educational institution that has shown continued support for athletic trainers