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UW-Eau Claire Professor Receives Award
from National Athletic Trainers' Association

RELEASED: June 20, 2005

Jeff Oliphant
Photo by Rick Mickelson, UW-Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE — Jeff Oliphant, assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a certified athletic trainer, will receive a 2005 Over and Above Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association's College/University Athletic Training Committee.

The new award recognizes outstanding service to the athletic training profession and the National Athletic Trainers' Association at the college and university Division III level. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer credential for at least 15 years.

Oliphant said he was "surprised and humbled" when he heard he would receive the award, his second this year. In April Oliphant became the youngest person ever inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame, the highest honor a WATA member can receive from that organization.

Oliphant said he was particularly pleased when he was told that he had been nominated for the Over and Above award by one of his former students, Nicholas Anderson, now the head athletic trainer at Wilmer Amina Carter High School in Rialto, Calif.

Anderson said when he read about the award on the NATA Web site, he thought Oliphant, who had been his mentor at UW-Eau Claire, would be the perfect candidate. Anderson had been impressed with Oliphant's ability to supervise 15-20 student athletic trainers each day while also working on accreditation for the UW-Eau Claire Athletic Training Program, working on his doctoral degree and managing a family life.

"Jeff is very approachable with any problems one might have — personal, academic, professional, or otherwise. He continues to be a great source of support for me and all his former and current athletic training students," said Anderson. "He truly is a great man."

"Jeff is richly deserving of the award," said NATA College/University Athletic Training Committee chair Ron Courson. "He has dedicated his career to the betterment of the athletic training profession."

The CUATC presentation was made on June 14 at NATA's 56th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in Indianapolis, Ind. A luncheon in honor of the award winners was hosted by the Center for Drug Free Sport.

According to NATA, certified athletic trainers are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of illnesses and injuries that occur to athletes and the physically active. NATA represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research. For more information, visit NATA online.

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