This prestigious award is given annually to an athletic trainer who has made significant contributions throughout their career to the athletic training profession. The recipient of this award is selected by a three member committee, comprised of the three previous Medina Award recipients.
Significant Contributions to Athletic Training and education of students: A Lincoln, Nebraska native, born May 15, 1915, Medina was an early pioneer and preeminent educator whose influence upon the practice of athletic training is still seen in athletic training facilities around the nation today. Numerous former athletic training students of Medina's took head athletic training positions at the high school and collegiate levels.
Education: Frank, a native Indian, attended the Haskell Institute (Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas) and later St. Mary's College (California) and the University of Texas.
Professional Experience: Medina was employed at the Haskell Institute, St. Mary's College, and Arizona State College. In 1945 he began a long, exemplary career at the University of Texas at Austin where he remained until his retirement in the late 1970s.
- NATA, National (District) Director, 1950
Honors and Awards:
- SWATA Hall of Fame Charter Member, 1985
- NATA Hall of Fame Member
- Recipient of the "Trainer of the Year" Award from the Rockne Foundation, 1954 and 1961
- Athletic Trainer, US Olympic Team, London, England 1948
- Athletic Trainer, World Deaf Olympics, 1961, 1965
- Athletic Trainer, Represented the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural
- International presentations included:
- Presentation to the 25 most outstanding coaches in Ankara, Turkey
- "Practices and Techniques in Athletic Training," at the Greek Medical Association, Athens, Greece, 1958
- "American Practices and Techniques in Athletic Training," Russian medical group meeting, Moscow, Russia
- SWATA Presentations, including:
- "Ethics in the Athletic Training Profession," 1957
- Articles published in:
- Southern Coach and Athlete
- The Texas Coach
- The Athletic Journal