Juan Cuevas Wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award
Fullerton College’s longtime Athletic Trainer Juan Cuevas received the Excellence in Athletic Training Award from the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA) District 8. The award celebrates athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development or enhancing the quality of healthcare.
Cuevas heads into his 14th year as the co-head athletic trainer at Fullerton College. He was an FC student athletic trainer under Bill Chambers, Lisa Nelson and Dave Chaffin from 1995-2000 while completing his education at California State University, Fullerton where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2000.
“I am truly humbled and surprised to have been nominated to receive the Excellence in Athletic Trainer Award. There are so many deserving and extremely hard-working ATs all over our district, and I’m eternally grateful for such a tremendous honor,” Cuevas said. “I love athletic training, I love the joy on my athletes’ faces when they receive the care we provide, and I especially love seeing my former students succeed in our profession. Having been recognized by my peers ensures that the hard work we put forth does not go unnoticed. A heartfelt thank you once again for this special recognition.”
Cuevas’ body of work includes working as an intern athletic trainer for the St. Louis Rams, assistant athletic trainer at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Physical Therapy Aide at ProSport Physical Therapy Athletic Trainer for the World Gymnastics Championships, and the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials. Just prior to rejoining the Hornets, Cuevas served as the head athletic trainer and director of Student Health Services for JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano.
“Juan is the perfect example of a passionate athletic trainer. His charisma makes you want to learn and be around him whether it’s simply to assist or have a fun conversation. The way he recalls information at the drop of a hat is truly amazing! Juan shows he really cares for his athlete’s well being, as well as his students,” a student shared with the FWATA. “He makes the Fullerton College athletic training room a second home. He not only goes above and beyond to have the athletes physically ready but makes sure they are mentally prepared to go back on the field. Juan Cuevas is the epitome of excellence in this field that we have come to love. He is truly Juan (One) of a kind.”
The Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA) is comprised of athletic trainer associations from California, Nevada and Hawaii under District 8 of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). FWATA strives to improve the quality of health care for athletes, patients and clients and enhance the profession of Athletic Training, through leadership, education, and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions.