(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.””