Dennis C. Helwig


Dennis Helwig, a Columbus, Wisconsin native, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974. He began his athletic training career with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL before returning to his alma mater as an assistant athletic trainer in the fall of 1975. He became head athletic trainer in 1985, serving as head football athletic trainer for numerous bowl games including 3 Rose Bowls.

Dennis served as a medical staff volunteer for the United States Olympic Committee in 1983, as the US Hockey Team Athletic Trainer for the 1984 Winter Games in Serajevo, Yugoslavia, and as a member of the medical staff for the 1987 Summer University Games in Zagreb, Yugoslavia.

With numerous sports medicine related publications and presentations to his credit, Dennis also served as President of the WATA from 1996-2000, a crucial period for the organization as the profession obtained state licensure during his term in office. He was awarded the WATA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1988, and was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

Dennis has touched the lives of many student athletic trainers and athletes in his tenure at UW-Madision, and they, along with the membership of the WATA are indebted to his unselfish dedication to all facets of the profession of athletic training.

Inducted April 6, 2001