Mar 23, 2017Finalist: Ciara Taylor
Training & Conditioning and School Health were swamped with deserving nominees for our 2017 Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award. In the spirit of celebrating National Athletic Training Month, we’re highlighting one of our five deserving finalists each week in the month of March. This week’s honoree is Ciara Taylor, MS, LAT, ATC, Athletic Trainer at Oak Mountain (Ala.) High School. The 2017 winner of the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award will be revealed in our May/June issue.
Being a working parent isn’t always easy. It can become even more difficult when you’re an athletic trainer whose job requires flexibility, availability, and constant training. But Ciara Taylor, MS, LAT, ATC, Athletic Trainer at Oak Mountain (Ala.) High School, relishes the opportunity to teach and help others, while also staying a student herself.
Taylor has attended every NATA annual meeting since she became a member 13 years ago except one — when her daughter was born in 2015. Through her involvement with the NATA, she has been the Alabama representative for the Young Professionals Committee and has been featured in NATA promotional materials.
Her work to highlight the profession of athletic training continues on the state level, where she serves as Secretary for the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers. In this role, she lobbied with the President of the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association for H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in September 2016.
As an athletic trainer