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Chris King Award of Merit

Renamed in 2021 in honor of Chris King for his tireless efforts to progress the profession of Athletic Training in the state of Alabama, the Award of Merit is the highest award given to a member of the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association. Its purpose is to recognize the person that has worked for the state on a district and/or national level. It is a way to distinguish one who has brought honor and recognition to the state. A distinction reserved for the most able of professionals in the field of athletic training.


Dr. Jimmy Robinson Sports Medicine Person of the Year

The Sports Medicine Person of the Year Award was renamed in 2022 to the Dr. Jimmy Robinson Sports Medicine Person of the Year to recognize long standing support of Athletic Trainers in the state of Alabama. This award is given to the person that has contributed to ALATA and athletic training as a profession. Both medical and non-medical persons have been recipients of this award. This award is the highest award given to a person who may not be an athletic trainer and is designed to show the state’s appreciation for particular contributions to the field of athletic training in Alabama.


Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award

This is an opportunity to recognize someone in the state on the secondary school level. This honoree has made a major impact on their communities and institution. Many of these people may not have had their chance to serve on the State or District levels. However, their importance has been seen in the state and communities where they reside. They have contributed to the growth and awareness of the profession of athletic training.

College/University Athletic Trainer Award

This award will recognize an athletic trainer at the college/university level for service to the institution, the community, as well as ALATA. This person serves many functions in addition to athletic training.       


Clinic/Industrial/Corporate Athletic Trainer Award

We will honor an athletic trainer that has represented our profession well in a clinic, industrial or corporate              environment. This venue of service enlightens the public to the many benefits of having an athletic trainer in the workplace.

Life Saver Award

Created in 2024 the ALATA Life Saver Award will honor an athletic trainer that has represented our profession well and used their training to provide life saving service or other humanitarian efforts. To be eligible the nominee should be a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Alabama, a well-respected member of his or her community, and has been involved in the provision of a life-saving service or other humanitarian act in the awards cycle year to be awarded. There is no limit to the number of recipients per cycle.

Sponsor Award 

ALATA is very appreciative of our many friends that have supported athletic trainers through the years. We honor those who have made an impact on our organization through their contributions.

The deadline to submit award nominations for current year consideration is March 31st. Please click below for the nomination form.

Past Recipients

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