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Unique Art Gallery Exhibition: The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training 

North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association

THE ART OF INJURY PREVENTION
Opening Reception:  March 10, 2019 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Charlotte, N.C. - Sports, team-based or individual, provide confidence, social skills, self esteem and physical activity; but during a 17 year period (July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2017) there have been 489 catastrophic sport-related deaths documented among high school and college athletes in the United States, captured by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research. There have been 20 events captured among athletes in North Carolina during the same time period.
The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association in conjunction with Clearwater Artist Studios is pleased to present The Art of Injury Prevention and Athletic Training, an Athletic Training and Sports Medicine photographic and illustrated art exhibition displayed at Clearwater Artist Studios in Concord, North Carolina with an opening reception Sunday, March 10th, 2019 from 2:00 - 5:-00 PM. The event is free and open to the public; on hand, will be the ballerina featured in the photos and the photographer. Regional athletes especially are invited to attend.
Clearwater Artist Studios, in partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, will open this exhibit of a series of art photographs, commissioned to draw attention to approaches for best practices in preventing sudden death and catastrophic injury in athletics in North Carolina.The idea is to utilize art for a series of educational posters to achieve this goal.
The exhibit will be open to the public, and will celebrate March as National Athletic Training Month. The photography will be on view from Feb. 25 through March 29, 2019 at ClearWater Artist Studios in the Community Room/ Second Gallery.
The exhibit will focus on three areas:
1. Information, to help the public recognize best practice for preventing death and catastrophic sports injuries.
2. Education, to create awareness regarding the lack of medical coverage in some secondary schools in North Carolina and introduce the field of athletic training.
3. Promotion, of health and safety measures for student-athletes.
The Clearwater Artist Studios and the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association welcome everyone to see this exhibit and to contact the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association at ncathletictrainer.org for information about a prevention of sudden death and catastrophic injury.
IMAGES by Charlotte Photographer, Melissa Melvin-RodriguezSarah Lapointe, Artist with Charlotte BalletILLUSTRATIONS by Robert Bates
ClearWater Artist Studios is located in Gibson Village, less than a mile from Downtown Concord, 223 Crowell Drive NW. Working artists lease 12 studios and the Southern Piedmont Woodturners chapter is housed there. Its Gallery is open to the public most weekdays, Noon-5pm; every 2nd Saturday10am-4pm; and/or by appointment. The Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are available to rent for private events. For details, see clearwaterartists.com; or call 704-784-9535.

Media Contacts:Jim Bazluki, President, North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Associationpresident@ncata.netKevin King, Public Relations, North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association860-416-2529, kevin.king@panthers.nfl.comNina Walker, Vice President, North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association919-962-2067, vicepresident@ncata.net

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