This award is given annually to an athletic trainer who has made outstanding contributions to the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association within the past two years. The nominee's for this award are selected by a committee of the three previous Wojecki Award recipients'. Nominee's names are then put on the mail out ballot and voted on by the membership. The recipient is announced at the annual SWATA Awards Banquet
Edward J. "Eddie" Wojecki
Outstanding Contributions to SWATA and NATA: Born January 1, 1911 in Erie Pennsylvania, Eddie Wojecki became one of the preeminent leaders in SWATA and NATA. His influence in the early development and governance of both organizations was consummate.
Education: Eddie received his high school diploma from the Erie Academy and later attended Howard (Samford) College in Birmingham, Alabama. He ultimately earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech in 1936.
Professional Experience: While at Howard College, Eddie was the Athletic Trainer and an Instructor of Gymnastics. He later served as athletic trainer and instructor of physical education at Louisiana Tech from 1936 to 1942. During World War II, he went to Athens, Georgia to serve as an athletic trainer for the US Navy Pre-Flight School. Upon leaving Georgia, Wojecki became Head Athletic Trainer at the Rice Institute (University) where he remained until his death.
- SWATA President, 1954, 1955
- District VI Director, 1956
- Chair of the NATA Board of Directors, 1956
Honors and Awards:
- SWATA Hall of Fame Charter Member, 1985
- NATA Hall of Fame Member
- Head Athletic Trainer, US Olympic Team, 1952, Helsinki, Finland
- Wojecki provided multiple presentations to other allied health organizations to increase awareness of athletic trainers and sports medicine. Major presentations included:
- Texas Physical Therapy Association, 1953
- American Academy of General Practice, 1955
- Texas Medical Association, 1957
- Wojecki also spoke at least 11 state coaching meetings around the United States and also at the Canadian Collegiate Association
- Several articles were published by Wojecki. The titles included:
- "Pre-season Conditioning"
- "The Acromioclavicular Separation"
- "Atrophy of Quadriceps"
- "Heat Exhaustion in Athletics"
- "Cause and Effect of Athletic Injuries"
- "Diet in Athletics"