Recognizing Equipment Managers

September 13, 2018

September 16 to September 22 has been designated as National Equipment Manager Recognition Week across the nation. This celebration is designed to recognize those individuals on athletic teams who are assigned the task of properly fitting and maintaining the condition of the protective padding for today’s athletes.

The Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) is made up of approximately 1,500 members across the U.S., Canada, and Japan, 825 of which are certified through a rigorous educational process. This group consists of over 30 youth programs, 130 high schools, 340 collegiate departments, and 60 professional and semi-professional clubs. These programs are responsible for over 800 youth athletes, 26,000 high school athletes, 75,000 college athletes, and 3,000 professional team members every season. Over 50 sports-related companies employ more than 200 former Certified Equipment Managers as reliable resources in educating coaches, administrators, and parents on the value of properly fitted protective gear and its maintenance.

The AEMA continues to explore new technologies and programs that will allow them to share their volumes of equipment knowledge, helpful hints, and time-saving protocols that continue to be redefined on a regular basis. Many of these certified members also serve on manufacturer advisory boards in developing new safer protective equipment and apparel, as well as working with the governing bodies of each level to establish proper protocols for reducing the frequency and degree of sports injuries. Please take a few minutes to show your appreciation in your own way during this week of celebration. 

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