Kari Riddle Named Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year

Kari Riddle, M.S., an athletic trainer at UHealth Sports Medicine-Plantation, was named the 2016 Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF). She received the award on July 16 during the association’s annual meeting.

The award is given to a clinical athletic trainer who has displayed throughout that year a high level of professionalism and whose actions have improved both the profession and the ATAF. The nominee must be a Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainer, a member of ATAF for a minimum of five years, licensed to practice athletic training in the State of Florida, and work in a clinical or corporate setting.

Riddle was nominated by Pradeep Vanguri, Ph.D., the Athletic Training Program Director at Nova Southeastern University.

“I am honored to receive this award because it means I am making an impact on the lives of more people than I do in just my day-to-day interactions,” said Riddle. “My passion is for educating people and empowering them with the knowledge they need to reach their goals — whether that’s a student interning with me, a patient seeking to come back from an injury, or me seeking to become a better practitioner through my interactions with my physicians and my peers. It’s not about just going through life; it’s about growing through life and being better than I was yesterday!”

The award was the second significant career recognition Riddle has received recently. In May, she was elected to sit on the Florida Board of Athletic Training, which was established to ensure that every athletic trainer practicing in Florida meets minimum requirements for safe practice. In that role, she will aid in licensing, discipline, education and rehabilitating licensed practitioners to assure their competence in the service.

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