A lifetime Rocky Mountain resident, Wayne Barger has been a certified athletic trainer for over 30 years, with a deep passion for and dedication to the care of student-athletes, education of athletic training students, mentorship of athletic training professionals, and the promotion of the athletic training profession.
A firm believer in the importance of personal involvement in the profession, Wayne was encouraged and supported by mentors and colleagues while serving on numerous state, district, and national committees. Cherished experiences include participation in the Olympic Training Volunteer program; chairmanship of the District Seven University/College Athletic Training Committee in its early years; initiating and guiding the transition of the Fort Lewis College internship program into and through the accreditation process; and enjoying numerous leadership opportunities in the RMATA, NATA, NMATA, and CATA. Wayne was also invited to become and participates as an inaugural board member of the Rocky Mountain Sports Medicine Foundation, an organization dedicated to enhancing athlete care and supporting student and professional development in the allied health professions.
He received his Bachelor’s (1981) and Master’s (1994) degree(s) from the University of New Mexico; since then, the learning has never stopped. Starting his career at Albuquerque Academy, he has been employed in both the high school and collegiate settings since 1982. Wayne is currently employed as the Head Athletic Trainer at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado.
Goals for the RMATA:
• Provide the membership with educational opportunities to stay abreast and be competitive in the Athletic Training profession with the constant changes that are taking place in the world of medicine.
• Provide the membership with support and resources to enhance their professional practices.
• Provide the membership with leadership opportunities for future development of RMATA Governance and the Athletic Training profession.
• Maintain financial stability of the organization in a time of economic difficulty.