Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Mar 03 2002

National Athletic Training Month Celebrated at Concord: Activites Slated to Focus on Injury Prevention

Athens, W.Va. - Jennifer Hvozdovic, athletic training program director for Concord College announces the following activities in March to celebrate National Athletic Training Month:

Wednesday, March 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Carter Center, Athletic Training Room: Concord College faculty and staff members from the athletics department will demonstrate proper techniques in taping wrists and ankles. The public is invited.

Thursday, March 7, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., College Center, SUBWAY Stage: A free blood pressure screening will be conducted by faculty and staff members from the athletics department. The public is invited.

Thursday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., College Center, Second Floor Lobby: A free blood pressure screening will be conducted by faculty and staff members from the athletics department. The public is invited.

Thursday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., College Center, SUBWAY Stage: A free blood pressure screening will be conducted by faculty and staff members from the athletics department. The public is invited.

Robert Richardson, mayor for the town of Athens helped focus attention on the importance of the role of athletic trainers by signing a proclamation on February 28.

"If you have questions about how to avoid injuries this season, make sure you ask an expert," stated Mayor Richardson. "Certified athletic trainers, specialize in injury prevention and treatment for the physically active and can help you stay in the game. Certified athletic trainers across the nation are being recognized for their dedication and commitment to providing quality health care for athletes at all levels.

"March is national athletic training month and I want to help focus attention on the importance of certified athletic trainers in the health care industry."

Jennifer Hvozdovic stated that, "As an athletic trainer, you have the means to help prevent injuries and assess and rehabilitate the athlete. This is very rewarding, personally, but also helps with the big picture within an organization—the coach, team, and school [or professional sports, industrial setting] of that person’s participation in particular activities.

"The certified athletic trainer is the person who may see the injured individual before a doctor, and may even actually see the injury occur. This viewpoint has many advantages for the injured person. The certified athletic trainer can help inform the physician and assist with the rehabilitation process."

Concord College’s department of health and physical education launched a Bachelor of Science degree program in athletic training in July 2000. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for careers as athletic trainers and provide a sound academic background for students who wish to pursue graduate studies.

The major includes traditional classroom educational opportunities and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience under a National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) certified athletic trainer. Courses benefit both the athletic training majors and students entering the allied health professions as well as physical education majors and health education majors.

All high schools in West Virginia are required to have an athletic trainer. Currently, Concord College is the only educational institution in West Virginia, south of Charleston that has an athletic training program.

For more information contact Jennifer Hvozdovic at 1-304-384-6063 or hvozdovicj@concord.edu.

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Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for these events.

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