Going Out on Top

January 29, 2015
On the AT Expo floor on Friday morning, T&C's 2014 Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award, sponsored by Sports Health, was presented to Brian Robinson. For the past 37 years, Robinson, MS, ATC, LAT, has served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Ill., building a model sports medicine program.

Posing for pictures with his Most Valuable Athletic Trainer plaque behind an Indy car painted in Sports Health's bright orange, Robinson described how the award came as a total surprise. "I was very surprised, touched, and humbled," he says. "I didn't even know I was nominated. Two of my longest athletic training friends are the ones who nominated me, and when Sue Stanley-Green [MS, ATC, LAT, Athletic Training Program Director at Florida Southern College and one of the athletic trainers who nominated Robinson] called to tell me, I was dumbfounded. It's an especially nice award to receive because it came from a nomination from my peers."

Flanked by fellow members of the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee (SSATC) who came to offer their support, Robinson savored the moment. "This has been very nice," he says. "I am pleased to see some of the guys from the SSATC show up. It is like having my little brothers here."

Robinson wrapped up his athletic training career at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, and he says he's going to miss the players and coaches. "It hasn't really set in yet," he says. "I had the opportunity to do something I really loved for 37 years. There are some people who say they never went to work a day in their life, and I kind of feel like that. I never went to work--I went to school, and it was a lot of fun."

Despite retiring from Glenbrook South, don't count on Robinson staying too far away from athletic training. "Some people have talked to me about joining an orthopedic practice, which I'm considering," he says. "And others have talked to me about teaching in an athletic training education program, and that's something I would love to do."

Congratulations to Brian Robinson on being named the 2014 Most Valuable Athletic Trainer and for a pioneering career in athletic training!

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