A native of Marietta, Ohio, Donald D. Lowe earned both bachelors and masters degrees from Kent State University, where he also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer (1965), assistant athletic trainer (1966-1969) and head athletic trainer (1969-1975).

In 1975, Mr. Lowe became the Coordinator of Sports Medicine at Syracuse University. Lowe has served the greater Syracuse community and the central New York region by creating the organizational structure and becoming the Executive Director of Onondaga Sports Medicine clinics in 1986. He began working in 2000 as the Head Athletic Trainer at Georgia Institute of Technology but then launched Sports Medicine Management Consultants in 2003.

Don Lowe has a multitude of US Olympic Committee experience, highlighted by his services as the men’s basketball athletic trainer in the 1983 Pan American Games, and on the US. Olympic training staff at the 1992 summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Lowe has served the NATA on various committees and was the Secretary of District 2 from 1982-1992. Don Lowe, along with other New York state athletic trainers, was instrumental in forming the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association, and served as president of that association from 1984-1986. He was empire state games host athletic trainer, and helped to obtain professional regulation of athletic trainers in New York State. He initiated the creation of the College Athletic Training Society in 1992 and served as the Executive Director.

Mr. Lowe has received many awards for his outstanding service. On the state level these include his 1983 Thomas Sheehan award for most outstanding athletic trainer in New York State, and the NYSATA Hall of Fame award in 1999. He was named the National Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year by the NATA in 1986, the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Cramer’s Excellence Award in 1991, and the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1995. He was selected to the NATA Hall of Fame class of 1999 and was inducted into the NYSATA Hall of Fame that same year.

NYSATA Mission

The mission of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association shall be to advance, encourage, and improve the profession of athletic training by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of health care for the physically active in New York State.

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