Indianapolis, Indiana - San Diego State head athletic trainer Tom Abdenour was named a recipient for the 2014 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) recently announced. Abdenour was presented the award during NATA’s 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Indianapolis.

The award recognizes NATA members who have strived and demonstrated excellence in their leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. To be eligible for this award, candidates must have been both an NATA member and have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential for at least 20 years.

“It’s a very special recognition,” said Abdenour, who has been an NATA member for 37 years. “It’s something that embodies a career’s worth of contributions to our profession. I have been very blessed to be recognized in other ways, and it’s very humbling to be recognized for doing something that I love.”

Abdenour was inducted into NATA’s Hall of Fame in 2007 and also won the 2005 NATA Tim Kerin Award for Excellence in athletic training. In addition, he was previously named the NBA’s Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1990, represented the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on the medical staff for the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia and is an active member of the California Athletic Trainer’s Association.

A graduate of Wayne State, Abdenour is heading into his fourth year as SDSU’s head athletic trainer for the 2014-15 season. Prior to working for Aztec Athletics, he was at Weber State for eight years before spending 24 seasons with the Golden State Warriors. Throughout the year, Abdenour handles all of the medical needs for the men’s basketball squad, while also supervising and coordinating all rehabilitative efforts in case of injury.