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Sports Medicine Manager at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Named 'Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer'

DENTON, Texas — During the 57th annual meeting and clinical symposium of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA), George Young, ATC, LAT, M.Ed, sports medicine manager, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, was honored with one of three “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” awards.

George Young
For nearly 18 years, George Young, ATC, LAT, M.Ed, has served as the sports medicine manager at Texas Health Denton.

“I am deeply humbled to have received such an award,” said Young. “For more than 44 years, I have been blessed to work in a field that I love, and I feel grateful to have invested my life’s work in the health and well-being of our youth.”

The plaque read, “For unique and exceptional contributions to the profession of Athletic Training and SWATA through dedication, passion and personal sacrifice.” The event recognized outstanding professionals from Arkansas and Texas for their significant contributions and dedicated service to the athletic training profession.

The "Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer" award was developed for the purpose of recognizing a member of District VI whose dedicated service, past achievements, and professional contributions have furthered the advancement of SWATA and the athletic training profession.

Candidates for the award must have a minimum 15 years of professional service to the athletic training profession, be a Certified or Associate member in good standing, have had elected, appointed, or volunteer service, and had significant contributions to SWATA, a not-for-profit organization that represents and supports members of the athletic training profession.

For nearly 18 years, Young has served as the sports medicine manager at Texas Health Denton. However, Young began his career as an athletic trainer in 1973 at Bay City High School. In 2006, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association awarded him the “Athletic Trainers’ Service Award.”

“George’s dedication and commitment to student athletes is unsurpassed,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “We are tremendously proud of him for the work he does each day and for the positive influence he has had in the lives of so many young people throughout his career. He is truly a servant leader.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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