Jan 29, 2015
Athletic Trainers In The News
Abigail Funk

abbyfunk-head.jpgThough they operate behind the scenes and do work that goes largely unnoticed by the general public, occasionally athletic trainers have their efforts recognized in the mainstream news. When these key contributors do make headlines, we want to share them with you. So from time to time, T&C will present a collection of links to newspaper articles from around the country featuring high school and college athletic trainers in action.

Charlotte Baker LaVerne, Head Athletic Trainer at The Woodlands (Texas) High School for the past 17 years, was named athletic trainer of the year for the state of Texas by the Texas High School Coaches Association after her quick thinking to use an AED on a coach that had collapsed at a practice.

These student athletic trainers from Corpus Christi, Texas are five of the 42 members of the first Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association All-State Academic Team. The students maintained a high grade average and displayed good athletic training skills and moral values.

Scott Lockridge, Head Athletic Trainer at Cullman (Ala.) High School, started a student athletic training program on campus this year, in which he currently has three interns–including his stepson, a freshman at Cullman.

The student athletic trainers at Kaufman (Texas) High school keep busy year-round as well, and so does the athletic training staff that–in addition to their own daily duties–inspire and motivate the students to learn more about the profession and stick with it long after high school.

Another student athletic training program at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La., which has almost 20 athletic teams, helps keep Head Athletic Trainer Dr. Ronnie Harper in the loop.

Assistant Athletic Trainer Quantrell Toval also assists Harper and two other high school’s Head Athletic Trainers for Ascension Parish Schools.

The Indianapolis Star recently did a Q&A with Head Athletic Trainer Dave Weikel, in his first year on the job at Westfield (Ind.) High School.

Casi Dailey, a senior athletic training student at Hope College, has accepted a graduate assistant position with women’s athletic training program at the University of Tennessee, where she will pursue her master’s degree.

One of our own T&C contributors, Aaron Nelson, was recently quoted in a SportsIllutrated.com article on Shaquille O’Neal of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Also Look for more of Nelson’s expertise in the next issue of T&C, as he is featured in the cover story on knee microfracture surgery rehab.

If you see a headline in your local newspaper pertaining to athletic training or strength and conditioning, we want to hear from you. Please submit links to: [email protected].

Abigail Funk is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning.

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