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VATA Vito Perriello Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year – Sara Whiteside, JMU Athletic Training Alumna

This year's Vito Perriello Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year award recipient not only serves as a health care provider to athletes in the high school setting but also is role model and advocates for her students.  Sara Whiteside received her bachelor's degree in athletic training from James Madison University. She has dedicated the last 13 years as a certified athletic trainer in the secondary school setting.  Currently, she serves as the Head Athletic Trainer at Chancellor High School in Spotsylvania County.

Whiteside believes in supporting better work/life balances for athletic trainers. She was instrumental in revising the Spotsylvania County Athletic Trainer's job description to allow athletic trainers to focus their time and energy on providing care for their athletes and no longer requiring them to teach sports medicine classes. Whiteside has also created a Mothers group on Facebook for working athletic trainers to connect about professional and personal issues. Another one of her accomplishments includes serving on the Virginia Board of Medicine's Advisory Board on Athletic Training as the Vice Chair where she represents the secondary school setting. She consistently shows her dedication to protecting the Athletic Training profession and community and encourages members of the Board of Medicine to discuss important topics that impact the field.  She also serves on VATA's Secondary School Committee.

Whitesides's passionate devotion to her athletes and community has led her to be a well-respected member of the athletic training profession and earned her the honor of being this year's VATA Vito Perriello Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year. 


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