With pride and dedication, Gary Reinholtz served as an athletic trainer for more than 30 years. In 1972, he graduated from Mankato State University, which was one of the first athletic training curriculums approved
by the NATA Professional Education Committee. Along with three athletic training colleagues at the University of Washington, he co-authored the first programmed text used in athletic training curriculums. In
1976, Reinholtz became the head athletic trainer at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2005. He provided injury prevention and care to athletes on
27 sport teams. In 1976, he developed an approved athletic training curriculum at Gustavus, educated countless students and prepared them to work alongside physicians, allied health professionals, coaches and
administrators. Reinholtz has influenced the profession locally, regionally and nationally by serving in numerous appointed and elected positions with the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association, Great Lakes
Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. The MATA Legislative Committee, chaired by Reinholtz, was the driving force behind the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Act being signed
into law in 1993.
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