Scott Tucker, head athletic trainer at Cypress College, has been named the “2016 Athletic Trainer of the Year” by the California Community College Athletic Trainers’ Association (CCCAA) for his commitment to protecting student athletes and dedication to upholding the standards of the profession.
The sole certified athletic trainer at the school, Tucker’s expertise and quick actions saved the life of the head softball coach when he experienced a heart attack at their super-regional game last spring. Thanks in part to Tucker’s training and fast response, the coach made a full recovery and is back to coaching.
Now in his 31st year at the college, Tucker works with all 14 sports programs at the school. He also serves as a preceptor for Chapman University and California State University, Long Beach, where he works tirelessly to ensure his students’ success.
Tucker was presented with the award and honored by the CCCAA earlier in March at the organization’s “Honoring our Own” luncheon.
Athletic trainers play a vital part in protecting student athletes and saving lives, since they’re the first health care professionals on-site to prevent and treat injuries. They make clinical decisions for athletes every step of the way, from performance training and injury prevention to executing on-site emergency care at the scene of an accident or rehabilitating injuries and getting athletes back to regular activity.
In addition to athletes, athletic trainers serve a multitude of industries and fields, playing a key role in the prevention, assessment and treatment of acute and chronic injuries and illnesses in a variety of settings.
For more information about the athletic training profession, and to find out if an athletic trainer is certified, visit ca-at.org.