FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/22/2013
Price Receives Distinguished Service Award from Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association
Austin, TX --- State Representative Four Price was honored this week by the Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association for his contributions on behalf of the safety and well-being of student athletes throughout Texas. Price received the organization's Distinguished Service Award.
“I am honored to receive this very special award from this admirable and well-respected association,” Price said. “The real champions for athletic safety are all of the athletic trainers across our great state who selflessly devote their careers to the betterment of sports by preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries, and also by saving lives.”
As part of his ongoing efforts to promote athletic safety, Price introduced House Resolution 1021, recognizing March 21, 2013 as Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association Legislative Day at the State Capitol. The resolution acknowledged athletic trainers for their dedication to providing quality medical care to athletes, and their commitment to raising awareness on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment sports-related injuries.
“Athletic trainers are so important to sports in Texas," Price said. "Along with education and smart practices, athletic trainers will continue to help make Texas athletic programs safe and fun.”
During the 82nd legislative session, Price championed a bill, known as Natasha's Law, to help protect student athletes from the effects of dangerous sports-related concussions. Natasha’s Law requires athletes who sustain head injuries during practice or games to be medically evaluated and cleared by a doctor before returning to athletic activity. The initiative called for support from athletic trainers to aid in the detection, treatment and recovery of student athletes affected by head traumas.
"Last session, I had the privilege of working on landmark student athlete concussion prevention legislation, now known as Natasha's Law, and it is a true pleasure to continue this important work on behalf of student athletes, their parents, coaches and athletic trainers," Price said.
The Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association's purpose is to promote, enhance and advance the athletic training profession in Texas. The organization was established in July 2001.