LHU’s Platt Meyer inducted into EATA club
For the last three decades, LHU’s Linda Platt Meyer has been an educator, an industry advocate and public speaker. It’s that work, along with her more than 30 years helping to transform medical care for Special Olympics (SO) athletes, that recently culminated with her induction into the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association ’49 Club.
The EATA promotes and advances athletic training through education, scholarship, research funding and awards. The EATA consists of more than 8,000 athletic trainers. Less than 100 people have been inducted into the ’49 Club, which is considered the organization’s hall of fame and greatest honor.
Meyer joins fellow LHU graduates Wayne Evans (1977) and Laurie Zaparzynski (1987) as members of the ’49 Club, as well as Dave Tomasi, former LHU athletic training program director, who established the athletic training program at what was then Lock Haven State College (LHSC) in the 1970s.
“I had many major influences as a student at Lock Haven, but, hands down, Dave Tomasi was my greatest mentor,” Meyer said.
Since 1990, Meyer has served as the medical coordinator for Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s State Winter Games. In 1991, she was invited by Team Pennsylvania to serve as the first athletic trainer to ever attend the Special Olympics World Games. Her involvement at the World Games set a precedent that athletic trainers and medical personnel were an essential component of Special Olympics competitions.