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Winterstein, McGuine being inducted into Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame

April 12, 2018

UW-Madison’s Andrew Winterstein and Timothy McGuine are being inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor awarded by WATA.

Winterstein is a distinguished clinical professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, where he directs the university’s highly regarded Athletic Training Program. He also is an athletic trainer with University Health Services, and holds affiliate appointments with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.

“To be inducted into the WATA Hall of Fame alongside some of the professionals who have had such a positive influence on my career in Wisconsin is very special to me,” says Winterstein. “This honor goes well beyond me as I am blessed with wonderful students, fantastic alumni and exceptional colleagues.”

McGuine is a distinguished scientist with the Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and is an alumnus of the School of Education. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from UW-Madison in 1986 and a Ph.D. in continuing and vocational education in 2005.

“I’m very flattered to be inducted into the WATA Hall of Fame,” says McGuine. “The WATA has a long history of advocating for improved sports medicine care for athletes of all ages in Wisconsin. Being recognized for my work in this area is an honor.”

In addition to Winterstein and McGuine, this year's Hall of Fame class also includes Richard Henke from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. All three are being inducted into the WATA Hall of Fame’s 2018 class, and will be recognized on Friday, April 13. The WATA Annual Meeting and Symposium runs April 12-14 in Wisconsin Dells.

Winterstein has been a member of WATA since 1986, is recognized as an early adopter of evidence-guided practice and is a longtime advocate for athletic training in Wisconsin, across the nation and around the world. In addition to being a member of committees at all levels of the profession, he also is a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Healthcare, and has a strong publication record himself.

Winterstein’s areas of expertise include: emerging technologies for AT education; medical humanities; and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His book, “The Athletic Training Student Primer: A Foundation for Success,” is in its third printing and is being used by programs across the nation. Another textbook he co-authored is the highly adopted “Administrative Topics in Athletic Training: Concepts to Practice.” It was first published in 2009, with a second printing in 2017.

“Andy has made his mark as a leader, forward thinker and ambassador for our profession on so many stages,” says UW-Madison’s Shari Clark, an associate faculty associate with the Department of Kinesiology and the clinical education coordinator for the Athletic Training Program. “But the piece that so few people see is his commitment to his faculty and students. Andy is an innovative educator who challenges our students daily with different teaching techniques and helps our students grow exponentially.”

Students within UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program have passed their board of certification examination on their first try every year since 2010.

Being elected to the WATA Hall is Fame is only the most recent significant honor for Winterstein, who received the WATA Outstanding Educator Award in 2007 and the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2008. More recently, in 2016 he received one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) top honors, a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers (MDAT) award. And just last year, he earned the prestigious Sayers “Bud” Miller Outstanding Educator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Executive Committee on Education.

“In all of his roles he has brought positive change and impact on the WATA and the profession of athletic training,” Mark Gibson, who directs UW-La Crosse’s athletic training program, writes in his nomination letter. “He has taught at education conferences and has taught internationally. Although many of these activities take place on a large scale outside of Wisconsin, there is full recognition that Dr. Winterstein is a primary reason why the WATA enjoys the national reputation it has as a progressive leader on the national and international state of sports medicine and athletic training.”

McGuine has been a member of WATA since 1984 and started his career as an athletic trainer working with secondary school athletes. Over the years, he received additional schooling and further developed his field of expertise en route to embarking on a research career. Yet he continues to consistently work with high school athletes across the area, while remaining close to UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program. He is a frequent guest speaker in AT Program classes and serves as a mentor to UW-Madison AT students with clinical and research interests.

Much of McGuine’s current research focuses on the impact athletic trainers can have on the incidence, management and outcomes for sports-related concussion injuries in high school athletes. Similarly, he is examining the effectiveness of soccer headgear to reduce concussions in adolescents.

McGuine has also recently authored or co-authored a series of published works that examine specialization in youth and high school sports, with these studies adding to the evidence that specializing in one sport may increase the risk of a range of injuries for high school athletes. This topic has become hot even among mainstream media outlets, with everyone from National Public Radio to Time magazine highlighting research from McGuine and his colleagues.

“I can think of no other individual in our state who has had greater influence on injury prevention and the provision of care for the secondary school athlete,” Winterstein says of McGuine.

Since 2005, McGuine has been the primary author on 10 major projects, has co-authored 25 refereed manuscripts and written two books. He has been the principal investigator on over $720,000 of awarded grants during this period.

“His research is common sense, applicable and easily understood and adopted by practitioners in the field,” UW-La Crosse’s Gibson writes in his letter nominating McGuine for the WATA Hall of Fame.

McGuine’s research has garnered significant national honors in recent years. In 2015 he received the Dr. Ode bar-Or Award for best Sports Medicine Research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, and just last year he earned the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s STOP Sports Injuries Award. 

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