Legendary Dallas Athletic Trainer Ken Locker Inducted into TWU Hall of Fame
05/01/2008

Ken Locker is director of the Presbyterian Sports Network at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Ken Locker

DALLAS — Ken Locker, A.T.C., director of sports marketing at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, has been inducted into the Texas Woman’s University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Locker, who has cared for tens of thousands of North Texas athletes over the years and served as the athletic trainer for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973-1990, is credited with “essentially starting TWU’s athletic training program from scratch,” university officials say. 

“This is a wonderful honor,” Locker said. “I’m proud of the work I’ve done over the years with other athletic trainers to help prevent sports injuries and help those injured return quicker to competition.”

Locker completed his master’s degree at TWU in June 1976. Despite taking on more responsibility with the Cowboys at that time, he remained committed to caring for TWU athletes. His efforts sparked the administration to recognize the importance of athletic training, and consequently the university supported a fully-funded and fully-staffed athletic training program with certified and licensed trainers. The program has now grown into the one of the best in the entire Lone Star Conference, according to the university.

“What I did at TWU was all about the athletes,” said Locker. “I wanted to give them what they needed in order to succeed. I’m excited to be entering the Hall of Fame, but its even more rewarding to me personally to see what the university’s athletic training program has grown into.”

Locker is the first athletic trainer and only the second male to be inducted into the TWU Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies were held April 25 at TWU.

Today, Locker is director of the Presbyterian Sports Network at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Under his leadership, the program has grown into one of the region’s largest athletic training programs, caring for athletes in the area’s school districts, colleges, private organizations, professional sports teams and individuals training for the Olympics.

The Presbyterian Sports Network connects sports organizations and individual athletes with health care professionals dedicated to caring for sports injuries and helping to prevent them.

“It’s very rewarding that I’m able to apply what I’ve learned over the years to so many athletes on so many levels,” he said. In addition to providing sports medicine services to local athletes, Locker has led research projects through the Presbyterian Sports Network to better understand the causes and best therapies for common injuries, including knee injuries among female athletes.

Presbyterian Sports Network:

  • Provides licensed athletic trainers to assist with injury treatment and preventive care during practices or games
  • Arranges for sports medicine physicians to be present or on call during athletic events
  • Provides speakers to conduct on-site educational programs on topics such as injury prevention and sports nutrition

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About Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Established in 1966, PHD is the flagship hospital of Presbyterian Healthcare System, a member of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. US News and World Report ranks PHD, a recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to patients, among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. The 866-bed facility has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information about PHD, visit www.PHSCare.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is 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. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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