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Dwayne “Spike” Dixon - 1992

1915 – 1986

Indiana University

Dwayne “Spike” Dixon was a fixture for 26 years in Indiana University’s athletic training department beginning in 1946. In 1961 he began to focus on teaching athletic training skills and developing curricula. In addition to his lectures, classes, consulting and athletic training duties, Spike wrote “The Dixonary of Training Techniques.” He is credited as the first athletic trainer to use cryotherapy in 1952. He also provided athletic training services to many special groups, including the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Olympic Team and the Indiana North-South All-Star Football Games. Spike served as District Four Director (1954 – 1955) and is a NATA Hall of Fame member (1970).

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