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WHEREAS, athletic trainers have a long history of providing quality health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity, based on specific tasks, knowledge and skills acquired through their nationally-regulated educational process; and
WHEREAS, athletic trainers provide help in preventing injuries, recognition, evaluation, aggressive treatment, rehabilitation, health care administration, education and guidance, and compassionate care for all; and
WHEREAS, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents and supports 44,000 members of the athletic training profession employed in many settings, including professional sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, corporate and industrial settings, performing arts, and military branches; and
WHEREAS, leading organizations concerned with athletic training and health care have joined together in a common desire to raise public awareness of the importance of the athletic training profession and to emphasize the importance of quality health care within various settings; and
WHEREAS, such an effort will improve health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity, and promote athletic trainers as health professionals;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2020 as NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.