Athletic Trainer Grant
Nov 02, 2016

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It's on the sidelines

As medical professionals, athletic trainers can make a critical difference at the moment an injury happens. They’re also essential during treatment and recovery, but perhaps most importantly, research shows athletic trainers actually may help athletes avoid injury in the first place.

As part of its commitment to promote athlete health and safety at all levels of sport, the NFL Foundation has launched a pilot grant program to provide funding to public high schools with football programs that have limited or no access to an athletic trainer.

Current research suggests nearly 30% of high schools do not have an athletic training program.

In collaboration with Gatorade, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Korey Stringer Institute and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, this program aims to improve the health and safety of student athletes at up to 150 public high schools beginning next fall.

Eligible high schools in four states – Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma and Oregon – can apply for a three-year grant award totaling $35,000 through this pilot program. The number of grants provided will be at the discretion of an appointed review panel.

Eligible schools are encouraged to apply before the December 16, 2016 deadline.

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NFL Approved Handouts on the Athletic Trainer Grant Program in pdf format:

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Student Athlete Solutions Information in pdf format:

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