Athletic trainer to be honored

Dr. Scott Lawrance, DHSc, LAT, ATC to be honored with Golden Pinnacle Award

By: Scott Sell, MS, ATC, GLATA public relations chair,

Scott Lawrance

Scott Lawrance

The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) will honor Scott Lawrance, clinical professor and director of athletic training education at Purdue University, with the 2022 GLATA Golden Pinnacle Award.

Lawrance has been active at the state, district and national levels. At the state level, he helped create a new diversity award and scholarship in 2014 to honor those promoting diversity — Indiana is one of three states to have this type of award. He led two legislative sunset presentations in 2012 and 2016, each recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Governmental Affairs Committee with Dan Campbell Legislative Awards. Finally, he led legislative efforts to pass HEA 1290, adding athletic trainers to the Indiana Legislative Code of Healthcare Providers, while also serving on the legislative team that passed HEA 1467, giving athletic trainers the ability to seek third-party reimbursement for services provided. At the district level, he led initial investigations into the District IV split as chair of the Change Management Committee. As president and president-elect, he either led or had major roles in initiating the GLATA Joint Committee Meeting, creating the Safe Sports School and Leadership Academy grant programs, and creating the GLATA-EATA (Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association) exchange program. Nationally, he has been part of three task forces investigating globalization of the profession, how clinical education should be delivered in the year 2030 and beyond, and how we can increase athletic trainer compensation within the State Association Advisory Committee (SAAC). He has helped lead efforts to improve state association operations by creating the SAAC State Association Grant program, SAAC Leader Fellow program, the Emerging Leader Toolkit, and reshaping the annual State Leadership Forum in the wake of COVID-19. In addition to his GLATA Golden Pinnacle Award, Lawrance is in the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

Formal Criteria for the Golden Pinnacle Award Include:

  • Nominees must be active members of GLATA for a minimum of 15 years preceding nomination.
  • Nominees must have served in a leadership capacity for GLATA for a minimum of five years. This may include serving as an officer, committee chair/coordinator, educational program chair, etc.
  • Nominees must have exhibited exemplary leadership in their service role, significantly advancing the mission and goals of GLATA and the athletic training profession.

GLATA is a professional membership association for athletic trainers and athletic training students in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The association strives to enhance the quality of healthcare for the physically active, promote the athletic trainer, and advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries.

Lawrance will be honored on the evening of March 10, 2022, before a group of his peers during the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Awards Ceremony.