New Jersey Athletic Trainers Recognized with Prestigious National Awards at the Annual National Athletic Trainers Association Symposium

Tanya Dargusch delivers her Hall of Fame Induction speeech

To date, more than 250 athletic trainers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. These men and women have shaped the profession through their noteworthy accomplishments and dedication to service, leadership and professionalism.

Each year Athletic Trainers from around the country and a variety of settings, gather for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposium and Expo. New research is revealed, evidence based practice discussed, products displayed and case studies presented. It is also when Athletic Trainers are acknowledged by their peers with accolades and highly prestigious awards. This past June, in Houston Texas, several members of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, Inc. and a committee were recognized for their efforts and dedication to the profession.

Tanya Dargusch, Washington Townships High School’s Head Athletic Trainer, was presented with the most selective of the awards, being inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. Quoted in 2015 after being awarded a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award, Tanya said, “Nationally, the only higher recognition would be the (NATA) Hall of Fame.” (SNJ Today 2/11/15). According to the NATA website “The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame exists to recognize the very best of our profession. Induction into the Hall of Fame honors athletic trainers who exemplify the mission of NATA through significant, lasting contributions that enhance the quality of health care provided by athletic trainers and advance the profession. To date, more than 250 athletic trainers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. These men and women have shaped the profession through their noteworthy accomplishments and dedication to service, leadership and professionalism. Criteria for eligibility include:


  •     NATA member in good standing
  •     30 years BOC certification -or- Retired Certified with initial certification at least 30 years prior to award year
  •     30 years membership in NATA
  •     No other award, NATA or otherwise, is a prerequisite for eligibility for the Hall of Fame

Tanya is no stranger to awards and recognition. In 2015 she was…

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