Athletic Trainer Inducted Into RMATA Hall of Fame

Published: May 10, 2007 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Ben Davidson, long-time associate professor of physical education at Southern Utah University, has been elected to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame.

An athletic trainer for more than 35 years, Ben Davidson's experience has ranged from service as the head athletic trainer at both SUU and at Weber State University, to work with three United States Olympic teams. For 14 years he was the head athletic trainer for the Utah Summer Games. A member of a number of national and regional athletic trainers' groups, he has been active in RMATA since its inception and currently is the organization's treasurer.

"RMATA is proud to recognize Ben in this fashion," says the group's president, Kelli Sheehan of Regis Jesuit High School of Denver. "He is exceptionally knowledgeable in the field of athletic training and enjoys sharing his knowledge with his students, who are constantly challenged to achieve their full potential."

Davidson has been at SUU since 1979, having graduated from the school in physical education in 1972. He earned a master's degree in athletic training from Indiana State University in 1973. At SUU, he is the director of the athletic training major and has also served as head track and field coach, producing four individual national champions over the years. Active in the community, he has been an integral member of several Cedar City committees in parks and recreation and in trails.

Winner of multiple awards in his field, he was selected by the National Athletic Trainers' Association as the 1999 "Most Distinguished Trainer" and the previous year was named Volunteer of the Year for the Utah Summer Games.

Sheehan praised Davidson's skills both as a trainer and educator. "Ben is compassionate, highly skilled and confident in all that he takes on," she says. "He has a good work ethic and will stay until the job is done which exudes his dedication to his job, the field of athletic training and to his students. He has certainly contributed positively to the profession of athletic training."

RMATA is comprised of athletic trainers at all levels of athletics in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

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