Elicia Leal Named Cover Star by National Athletic Trainers’ Association

After surviving an aneurysm and subsequent stroke, Elicia Leal participated in Pate Rehabilitation’s program, and is now back to work and thriving as a high school athletic trainer.

Her positive attitude and impressive recovery prompted the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to designate her as a cover star in July.

Leal has returned to her position at McKinney North High School. She previously worked in the same capacity for the U.S. Women’s Water Polo team during the 2004 Olympic Games, a position that she earned through a highly selective process.

Leal’s story has been featured in the McKinney Courier-Gazette, the Dallas Morning News, and on DFW’s local ABC affiliate, WFAA.

In her NATA feature, Leal shared these inspirational words:

“Every day I get to raise my head in the morning, put my feet on the ground and know “Hey, I’m alive,” that’s wonderful.”

Pate is honored to have been a partner in Leal’s recovery.


Photo credit: Renee Fernandes