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For Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, a season of twists and turns

Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2013

Gary Vitti has seen a lot in his 29 years as the Lakers' athletic trainer. This is his most trying season yet.

He has felt the weight of the team's struggles, the Lakers standing at 32-31 and tied with Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference despite meteoric expectations.  Click here to read more.

Athletic trainer Tom Abdenour: Advantage, Aztecs

Story by Mark Zeigler
Thursday, March 1, 2012

A half-hour after San Diego State ended a three-game losing streak with a harrowing 67-58 overtime win against Wyoming, Coach Steve Fisher walked into the Viejas Arena training room.

There was Garrett Green with his sprained right ankle in an ice bucket. Not far from him was Jamaal Franklin, his left ankle encased in ice, too. But Fisher was there to see head athletic trainer Tom Abdenour, to thank him. Click here to read more.


Photo of: Casey Smith of Dallas, Joe Sharpe of OKC and Paul Saenz, MD. of San Antonio. They are the current medical staff for the current Olympic Dream Team. This photo was taken at Montjuic Castle in Barcelona, Spain.


BOSTON – The National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association named Ed Lacerte as their 2011-12 recipient of the Joe O’Toole Athletic Trainer of the Year. The award is chosen each year by his peers to be recognized for exemplary achievement or outstanding service to the NBA, the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association or his community. Lacerte was selected for his outstanding service to the NBATA. The award is named after Joe O’Toole, a long time former head athletic trainer of the Atlanta Hawks, is regarded as the father of the NBATA. This is the second time Lacerte has been selected as Athletic Trainer of the Year with his previous award coming after the 1992-93 season. Click here to read more.

Dennis Williams and Steve Stricker Save a Life at Charlotte

“It was a game day and our sponsorship people had sold a “Court of Dreams” package to a business. Basically, the package includes getting to play pick-up on the game floor, dinner and tickets to the game.

I had just finished working out and was checking my messages. Josh Rosen, our assistant PR guy at the time, called my office from his cell and said “You better get out here, there’s a guy having a heart attack”.” Click here to read more.


Grip It: NBA Trainers Approve MISSION’s Court Grip™

“We’re acutely focused on helping our players perform at their best on the court while minimizing their risk of injury,” said Casey Smith, Chairman of the NBATA. “Maintaining traction on dusty courts is an issue for players at all levels, and Court Grip addresses the problem better than anything we’ve ever used. We’re pleased to have helped bring this game changing product to market.” Click here to read more.

National Academy of Sports Medicine and the NBATA Team-up
to Launch “Corrective Exercise Strategies for Basketball”

On-line course teaches health and fitness professionals how to correct common lower extremity dysfunctions caused by playing sports. Click here for more information….