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Webster is Inducted into
the SEATA Hall of Fame

The Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA) inducted Keith Webster, UK Head Athletic Trainer and an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Sciences, into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 21, 2009 in Panama City Beach, Fl.

"To be recognized has been a humbling experience," said Webster. "Even being considered in a hall with the others before me is quite an honor."

In 2007, the SEATA Hall of Fame was established to award professionals who dedicate their service to the Athletic Training profession. This induction is the highest honor that a SEATA member can receive.

To be considered for the hall of fame, the athletic trainer must also show enhanced qualities of leadership, service, dedication, scholarly activities, promotion and professionalism.

Webster serves the profession in many ways and has spent more than 30 years as a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Webster filled both the vice president and president roles for the Kentucky Athletic Trainers' Society (KATS) and Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association (GATA). He also served as chair and as a member of various committees for KATS and GATA including: legislative, reimbursement, scholarship, and student membership.

An important task for Webster has always been working with state legislatures to lobby for the athletic training profession.

"I became known for the work I have done in regards to athletic training legislation and have tried to convince legislators to recognize the profession's importance," said Webster.

Not only has Webster worked on the regional level, but he has influenced the government on a national level as well.

One of Webster's most memorable experiences was when he led a task force to Washington to meet with officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss HIPAA patient privacy implications for athletic trainers.

Students are now Webster's main focus. He believes it is important for young professionals to start making an impact.

For the next generation of hall of famers, Webster gave some insight on how to succeed in the profession.

"I got to this point because of mentorship and I could not have done this without people guiding me along the way," said Webster. "I always tell my students, 'this is your profession, so get involved and make an impact.'"

 

To find out more about the Athletic Training program, visit
www.mc.uky.edu/athletic_training

Photo: Keith Webster, courtesy SEATA

Keith Webster,
Assistant Professor, Adjunct Faculty

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