NATA’s New Executive Director Tells CPL He Will Make Concussions a Priority

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) announced last month that it was removing the “interim” tag for Executive Director David Saddler, who had served in that role in a temporary capacity after the recent retirement of long-time Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle.david saddler head shot

Saddler has been a senior executive on the staff of NATA for three years. Clearly that was enough to recognize his importance. Concussion Policy and the Law (CPL) recently reached out to Saddler to find out where he stood on the concussion issue.

Saddler noted NATA’s “leadership role in the 4th Youth Sports Safety Summit” earlier this year and promised CPL that NATA would remain at “the forefront of this dialogue” by continuing to give “attention to concussion research, education and legislation.”

“We will continue to champion sports safety of high school students, and athletes of all ages, with regard to traumatic brain injuries and other related sports health conditions.”

Saddler is an association management veteran with more than 20 years of experience. He has served in executive leadership positions for organizations serving the transportation and electronic security industries. He has managed all facets of associations, from finance to public affairs.

Saddler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia. He is currently pursuing the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.

NATA president Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES, said that with Saddler at the helm, “NATA is extremely well-positioned for the future. … (H)e will continue to lead us forward with a collective commitment to engaging our membership and ensuring great leadership at many levels, from the NATA board and committees, to the district and state leadership, and lastly, from a very talented and motivated staff.”

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