HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This year, the Hawaii Athletic Trainers' Association (HATA) is celebrating its' 30th anniversary – and the growth of athletic health care here in Hawaii.
Founded in 1985 by eight members - four of whom still work in athletic health care here in Hawaii, they had the vision to create a professional organization of athletic trainers, which now numbers around 200 members.
Since 1997, HATA has been and are still the only state in the union to have full-time athletic trainer positions in every public high school. 90% of those high schools have two full-time athletic trainer positions.
Athletic Health Care is a topic of primary concern these days with the issues of concussions, heat illnesses, and orthopedic injuries coming to the forefront in many sports and physical activities. Hawaii is on the leading edge of these issues because of athletic trainers and the athletic health care environment of Hawaii
Athletic Organizations such as: the Hawaii High School Athletic Association and the Oahu Interscholastic Association; Individual doctors such as Calvin Oishi and Lindy Rowan; and Health care organizations like: the Queen's Medical Center, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Hawaii Pacific Health (with their specialty units at Kapiolani Medical Center and the Straub Boint and Joint Center); as well as many other individuals and organizations are all currently active financial supporters of athletic trainers in Hawaii.
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