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Robert “Bob” Behnke - 1992

Indiana State University

Retired after 39 years of teaching anatomy, kinesiology, physical education, and athletic training courses, Bob has been honored on several occasions for excellence in teaching – including receiving the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Educator of the Year award (1987) and the NATA Service Award (1989). During his 11-year tenure as chair of the NATA Professional Education Committee, he initiated the petition to the American Medical Association that led to the national accreditation process for entry level athletic training education programs. Most of Bob’s career was spent at Indiana State University, where he was a full professor of physical education and athletic training and director of undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs. He was an athletic trainer at the 1983 World University Games and for the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball trails in 1984. During sabbaticals in 1982 and 1989, he served as an athletic trainer for boxing, men’s field hockey, team handball, ice skating, roller hockey, gymnastics, judo, and cycling at the United States Olympic Training Center. Bob served as District Four Director (1980 to 1983) and is a NATA Hall of Fame member (1990).

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