SOURCE: National Academy of Sports Medicine

National Academy of Sports Medicine

July 02, 2012 17:00 ET

NASM Education Liaison and Consultant, Jim Thornton Installed as President of the National Athletic Trainers' Association

CHANDLER, AZ--(Marketwire - Jul 2, 2012) - The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is proud to announce that Jim Thornton, NASM Education Liaison and Consultant, was installed as the new President of The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) during the association's 63rd Annual Meeting in St. Louis last week.

In addition to the role he has served at NASM for the past 11 years, Jim Thornton is currently head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine and athletic training services at Clarion University in Clarion, PA, where he has worked since 1990. He oversees a department of three full-time athletic trainers, two certified graduate assistants and 20 athletic training students through the collaborative athletic training education program of California University of Pennsylvania.

"Jim Thornton has made monumental contributions to the athletic training industry, the schools and athletes he has been associated with and the National Academy of Sports Medicine," said Dr. Micheal Clark, Chief Executive Officer of NASM. "He is an incredible visionary, a highly respected leader and well deserving of this honor. The NATA and the entire athletic training community will benefit greatly from Jim's wisdom, experience and leadership."

Thornton began his NATA service on the District Secretary/Treasurers Committee in 1998 and eventually became the District Two director in 2005. He served on the board of directors for six years. In 2008, he received NATA's prestigious College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee's Division II Head Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.

Thornton has served as NATA vice president; chair of its Strategic Implementation Team; and athletic training liaison to multiple association committees. Since 1997, he has also served as liaison to the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee.

"I am passionate about and committed to the athletic training profession and establishing ourselves as the premier health care providers for patients, students, clients and others we may serve," said Thornton. "We have much to strive for in the coming years on the research, legislative and job fronts, and I am excited to champion all of those efforts with the support and dedication of our members."

Thornton received his Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University and his master's from the University of the Pacific, where he also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. He currently resides in Clarion with his wife Bridget and daughters Matti, Maci and Maya.

About NASM

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today's health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. To learn more, visit: or call 1.800.460.NASM. 

About the National Athletic Trainers' Association

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 30,000 members worldwide today. NATA is composed of ten districts. Each district has a director and other officers. The 10 district directors comprise the NATA's Board of Directors -- along with NATA's president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.

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