::african-american athletic training pioneer:: henry "buddy" taylor

NATA Hall of Fame Member

Henry "Buddy" Taylor

Buddy Taylor once announced, "I have trained more Olympic gold medal winners than any other athletic trainer in the country." That's quite a claim. But then, Buddy Taylor had quite a career. Not yet in college, he started his professional experience with the Richmond Colts baseball team in 1948. When he later graduated from Indiana University, he became the first African American to earn a master's degree in athletic training. In 1981, he became the third African American to be inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. As an athletic trainer for the Maccabeah Games in Tel Aviv in 1969, Buddy Taylor met sports medicine physician Max Novich, and the two partnered to write "Training and Conditioning of Athletes." He then served as athletic trainer for the American Basketball Association's Utah Stars before returning to the collegiate setting in 1974. Buddy Taylor finished his career at Winston Salem University, where he was head athletic trainer and assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education.

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