“Dedication, commitment, loyalty, and leadership are common traits among Hall of Fame recipients” begins Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society (TATS) president Peggy Bratt on a cold January morning. “Those who receive the honor serve as an inspiration to their peers and as role models to the next generation of certified athletic trainers.”
Sevier County’s own Scott Byrd certainly represents those traits, and he was inducted into the TATS Hall of Fame on January 14th in Nashville. As the coordinator of LeConte Medical Center’s sports medicine program, Byrd ensures that quality healthcare is being provided to all local schools, including providing certified athletic trainers at area high school sporting events. His work goes a long way toward keeping our kids safe.
“Scott is richly deserving of the award,” said TATS Honors and Awards Committee chair Ray Knight. “He has dedicated his career to the betterment of the athletic training profession.”
This award recognizes outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, for at least 20 years; have been recognized for service to the profession of athletic training at the local and state level; attained recognition for distinguished service as an athletic trainer; and recognition for unique contributions to the profession of athletic training not recognized elsewhere.
Scott is one of only 27 recipients to receive this award since its inception in 1994.