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Robyn Gust Named N.D. Athletic Trainer of the Year


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Date:  May 1st, 2015

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Robyn Gust Named N.D. Athletic Trainer of the Year
Robyn Gust, manager of Trinity Health's Sports Medicine Department, was named North Dakota Athletic
Trainer of the Year by the North Dakota Athletic Trainers Association (NDATA) at its recent annual
meeting. With Gust, third from the left, are: Sara Bjerke, executive director of the NDATA; Steve
Westerend, president of the NDATA; and Megan Willard, awards committee chair for the NDATA.
(MINOT, ND) - Robyn Gust, MS, LATC, manager of Trinity Health's Sports Medicine Department, has been named North Dakota Athletic Trainer of the Year by the North Dakota Athletic Trainers Association (NDATA). The group presented the award at its annual meeting April 24-25 in Grand Forks.

Gust was cited for her many accomplishments compiled during 15 years as sports medicine manager both at Trinity Health and Minot State University, where she also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Human Performance Department.

Under Gust's leadership, Trinity expanded its sports medicine program and introduced 21st Century medicine to athletic training - using iPads to identify and manage concussion. Most recently she led a regional effort to implement a preparedness plan for mass casualty events in an athletic environment, an endeavor she undertook after the Boston Marathon bombing, which was highlighted in a recent issue of Training and Conditioning magazine.

An active member of the U.S. Deaf Olympic Sports Medicine Team, Gust over the years has accompanied deaf Olympians to the Deaflympics in Copenhagen, Rome, Melbourne and Taipei. In 2012 she worked with the World Cup Gold Medal winning Women's Deaf Soccer USA National team in Ankara, Turkey.

"This award recognizes individuals for exceptional performance, community involvement, and promotion of the athletic training profession," said NDATA President Sara Bjerke. "Robyn exemplifies all of these qualities. She's the epitome of what it means to go far above and beyond one's responsibilities as a sports medicine professional."

A Kramer, ND, native, Robyn graduated from Newburg High School and received her bachelor's degree from Moorhead State University in 1994. She earned her master's degree in Exercise Science from Western Illinois University in 1997. Prior to joining Trinity Health she served as Head Athletic Trainer, Associate Professor and Athletic Training Program Director at Huron University in South Dakota.


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