Induction into the WVATA is reserved for those who have made significant contributions to the athletic training profession within the state of West Virginia and have brought great distinction to the WVATA.
Jack Brautigam, PT, ATC is the President and CEO of HealthWork Rehab & Fitness, and has been working as an athletic trainer and physical therapist for 44 years.
Jack joined HealthWorks (then known as Morgantown Physical Therapy Associates) as a partner in 1989, and has been instrumental in the explosive growth of the company as they added seven satellite clinics in North Central West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.
Brautigam has served as Board Chair of the WV Board of Physical Therapy from 2017 to present, Clinical Professor for WVU School of Physical Therapy from 1997 to present, and as President of the WV Athletic Trainers Association from 1993-1996.
He also served as an Athletic Trainer for the XIII Summer World Games for the Deaf for the US Wrestling and Track & Field Teams in 1997, as Staff Physical Therapist and Captain of the US Army Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1986-1989, and as an Athletic Trainer for Virginia Tech from 1978-1981 and West Virginia University from 1981-1984.
When asked about his recent induction into the WVATA Hall of Fame, Jack said:
“I am humbled and appreciative to be inducted into the WV Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. It is very meaningful to me that I was nominated for this award by co-workers that I hold in very high esteem. My athletic training education and experience are the foundation for my career in healthcare and have contributed to both my professional and personal growth. I have been blessed with lifelong relationships with mentors, colleagues, students, coaches, and players that have all contributed to my education and training. I am very fortunate that my wife and children have always been supportive of my career.“
The West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (WVATA) is a non-profit organization, representing and supporting 200+ members dedicated to enhancing the quality of health care and to advance the athletic training profession.
Other Hall of Fame inductees for 2020 and 2021 included Randy Meador MS, ATC (West Virginia University), John Spiker (former HealthWorks President and WVU Athletic Trainer), Bob Cable MS, ATC (Fairmont State University), and Joe Beckett EdD, ATC (Marshall University).
More information about HealthWorks Rehab & Fitness can be found online at https://www.healthworksrf.com.