LSU Kinesiology Students Earn Athletic Trainer Honors

BATON ROUGE – Several athletic trainer awards were granted to students and faculty from the LSU College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.

Senior Noritoshi Shirakawa was awarded the 2009 National Athletic Trainers’ Association, or NATA, Research and Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship, worth $2,300. Shirakawa will accept the award at the 2009 NATA Annual Meeting in San Antonio on June 20. Shirakawa met the criteria for eligibility as a student member of NATA who has 3.2 or higher GPA. The scholarship is sponsored by a certified athletic trainer.

Senior Erin Greenwich was appointed the Louisiana Representative of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, or SEATA, Student Senate for the 2009-2010 school year. Greenwich is the President of Alpha Tau Sigma, the LSU athletic training student organization. She attended the Collegiate Sports Medicine Foundation’s Leadership Workshop in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in May 2009. Greenwich was one of 20 students invited to attend and one of two students from District Nine.

Ray Castle, assistant professor at LSU and director of the athletic training education concentration, won the 2009 SEATA Education Administration Award. According to the SEATA website, the award was presented to a member “that is committed to teaching athletic training skills and functioning in a leadership capacity at an institution.” Castle is also a professional member of NATA and LATA, the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association.