Women To Know: Athletic Trainer Dr. René Shingles

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Dr. René Shingles

Athletic Trainer

When Dr. René Shingles became the first Black woman to be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Hall of Fame, she wanted to make sure of one thing: that she wouldn’t be the only one.

“While I may be the first, my goal is to ensure that I am not the last. Being an athletic trainer is about providing the highest quality of care to our patients and a tireless dedication to learning, growing and serving. That is what has been bestowed to me by my mentors, and what I hope to continue to contribute to the generations that follow,” she said during her award acceptance speech.

In 1987, Dr. Shingles was the 13th Black woman in the United States to become a certified athletic trainer. She was chosen by the United States Olympic Committee to serve as a trainer for the 1996 games in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently serves as a professor, program director, and internship coordinator for the School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences at Central Michigan University.  She is a founding member of the NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC), as an advisory committee that addresses cultural competence within the profession and promotion of athletic trainers as leaders .

Dr. Shingles holds a bachelor’s degree in physical and health education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a masters in physical education from Illinois State University, and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from Michigan State University. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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