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Kimmel assumes presidency of National Athletic Trainers' Association

During its 55th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia at the Baltimore Convention Center, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) welcomed in its newest president, Chuck Kimmel, APSU assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer. Elected in October, Kimmel has officially assumed the responsibilities of the office.
During its 55th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia at the Baltimore Convention Center, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) welcomed in its newest president, Chuck Kimmel, APSU assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer. Elected in October, Kimmel has officially assumed the responsibilities of the office.

As leader of the not-for-profit organization that represents and supports the 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, Kimmel believes he is in a unique position to help guide the NATA. “I'm old enough that I remember ‘the good old days,' but I'm also young enough to realize that sometimes the ‘good old days' can stand to be improved,” he says.

Kimmel earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and a master's degree from East Tennessee State University in 1978. He earned his certified athletic trainer designation in 1978. Since 1984, Kimmel has been an active NATA member. He has chaired both the NATA Finance and Investment committees; served on the NATA College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee and Convention Committee; and has been NATA Secretary/Treasurer and District Nine Director, representing members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

His honors include the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award 2002, the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame 2002 and the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award 1997.

As the new NATA president, Kimmel believes in addressing the quality-of-life issues of the association's members. “The ultimate goal is to make life better for the people we serve,” he says. “If it's better for us as athletic trainers, then it's better for the people we serve.”