NFL Pros Recognize Athletic Trainers During March

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            National Football League(NFL) superstars took time during the 48th Annual NFL 101 Awards to praise athletic trainers. March is recognized as National Athletic Training Month and is an annual event sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).  This year’s theme is “Compassionate Care for All.”

 Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, and retired Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez were just a few of the superstars who took time before the awards celebration to praise the work of all athletic trainers at all levels of the game.

   The University of Kansas Health System is the official healthcare provider for the Chiefs and the beneficiary of the 101 Awards.  Proceeds help make athletic trainers available to underserved youth during sporting events. Additionally, the health system Sports Medicine and Performance Center has full-time athletic trainers in 18 high schools and middle schools in the greater Kansas City area. 

In the video, current and former NFL stars talk about the benefits athletic trainers made in their careers from high school, to college to the pros.