February 8, 2018
In January, members of the University's athletic training program ventured to Boston for the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA) 70th Annual Conference. There, two WCU students who are members of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) earned awards.
Morgan Dumont won the Paula Turocy Scholarship, named for a 1982 WCU alumna who is director of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Program and one of the founders of the athletic training education program at Duquesne University. Dumont is providing in-season and post-season treatment and injury rehabilitation for student athletes at Bishop Shanahan High School in West Chester.
Marissa Breymeier was the graduate winner for her poster presentation titled "A Comparison of Daily Activity Levels between College Females with Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament History and Healthy Matched Controls." She is one of two athletic trainers for Eastern Camden (NJ) County Regional School District.
Separately, the National Athletic Trainers' Association has recognized three faculty members, naming Neil Curtis a NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer. An associate professor, Curtis is program director and coordinator of athletic training education. NATA Athletic Trainer Service Awards went to both Scott Heinerichs, professor and interim dean of the College of Health Sciences, and John Smith, AT instructor. All three will receive their honors before NATA membership at the association's annual June convention.For more on athletic training and the sports medicine program at WCU, click here.