06/06/2011 9:07 AM -

JACKSONVILLE, FLA – Dr. Douglas M. Kleiner, PhD, ATC, The Director of Sports Medicine for the Jacksonville Sharks, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2011 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award recipients.

This award recognizes outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, for at least 20 years; have been recognized for service to the profession of athletic training at the local, state, national and/or international level; exhibited distinguished service as a certified athletic trainer; and been recognized for unique contributions to the profession of athletic training not acknowledged elsewhere.

“Dedication, innovation, loyalty and leadership are common traits among MDAT recipients,” said National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE. “Those who receive the honor serve as an inspiration to their peers and as role models to the next generation of certified athletic trainers.”

“Dr. Kleiner is richly deserving of the award,” said NATA Honors & Awards Committee Chair Rochel Rittgers, ATC. “Doug has dedicated his career to providing quality health care services and to the betterment of the athletic training profession.”

Doug Kleiner is in his second year as the Director of Sports Medicine for the Jacksonville Sharks where he developed and oversees one of the best medical programs in the Arena Football League.

The MDAT presentation will be made on June 21st, 2011, during the NATA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in New Orleans.