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Early Professional Award


This award is unique to Early Professionals. This is a meritorious award designed to recognize those with no more than 12 years in the profession that encompasses the depth and breadth of the nominee’s character, clinical skills/knowledge/abilities, and service:

  • The nominee embodies and contributes to the ideas, goals, and mission of IATA

  • The nominee has demonstrated service, professionalism, and competence in their place of work

  • The nominee maintains honor, respect, and integrity in their professional setting and to the community



  • Certified member of the IATA

  • Member of IATA for a minimum of ONE CALENDAR YEAR prior to nomination

  • Considered “early professional” at time of nomination (having been certified no more than 12 years after initial certification)

  • An athletic trainer may not be awarded the Early Professional Award more than once.


  • All documents must be completed and returned to the committee chair by April 1st of the nominating year:

  • Award recipient will be recognized at the IATA Annual Meeting


  • The nominator will initiate, collect, and be responsible for the gathering and submission of materials

  • The selection committee encourages . . .

    • The nominator to review the award and its criteria before submitting the nomination

    • Recommendations to be a concise and descriptive narrative of the nominee as he or she fits the award description

    • Collaboration with other writers of support in a “team” approach to ensure all perspectives and information are included

  • Winners will be selected by the IATA Honors and Awards Committee

  • The nominator will be contacted by a member of the Committee once nomination has been completed or to request any additional information if deemed necessary

Award Recipients

  • Jessica Kerns - 2023

  • Sheldon Burgess - 2022

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