The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 27, 2013

Concord to host WVATA sports medicine conference


ATHENS — Concord University’s Athens campus will host the annual sports medicine conference of the West Virginia Athletic Trainer’s Association (WVATA). Concord’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is hosting the event Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Sessions will be held in the Rahall Technology Center.

This year marks the first time the event has been held south of Charleston in its nearly 30-year history, according to Dr. Joseph A. Beckett, professor and director of CU’s athletic training education program.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the campus, to showcase the athletic training education program as well as many of our health care personnel we utilize in this area … physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers,” Beckett said.

“We wanted the conference to have southern West Virginia roots,” he added.

A number of the planned speakers have regional and national reputations with ties to the local area.

Beckett is a 1976 graduate of Bluefield High School. Dr. Dan Martin, chair of the graduate athletic training program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, is also a BHS graduate as is Mike Goforth (class of 1987), who is the head athletic trainer at Virginia Tech. Additionally, Dr. Jim Kyle, who is a clinical professor and medical director of the Concord ATEP, is an Athens High School alum.

Among the topics that will be presented are trends in concussion management; should injured athletes play; examination and management of neck injuries; exercise collapse in sickle cell trait; sports trauma in cheerleading; update on the status of athletic training coverage at West Virginia’s secondary schools; examination of the aging athlete; functional foot evaluation and gait analysis; and emerging and alternative techniques in treating athletes and returning them to play.

Two clinical-based breakout sessions, in addition to athletic training student oral and poster presentations, will also be conducted during the conference.

The conference offers 9.25 of continuing education units for BOC-certified athletic trainers, and three hours of graduate credit through Concord University.

Beckett said conference attendees will include nationally-certified athletic trainers from across West Virginia and the region; physicians and other health care personnel; and students at colleges and universities with nationally accredited ATEPs.

“The conference has a number of student components,” he said.

Concord students and other students from across the state enrolled in ATEPs are participating. Along with attending lectures, a select group will compete in the annual WVATA Quiz Bowl and offer oral presentations and posters.

CU’s quiz bowl team was runner-up in the event last year. Beckett said the team is preparing for competition again this year. Of the 19 posters accepted, Concord has four and occupies one of only four student oral presentation slots.

Concord’s ATEP is one of an elite group of accredited programs in the United States. In 2009 Concord received a prestigious 10-year award of continuing national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Beckett said awards are usually for five years with some programs receiving seven-year accreditation.

Participants who register by March 1 receive a discount on the course fee.

For more information, contact Beckett at jbeckett@concord.edu or 304-384-6063. Additional information about Concord’s ATEP is located at http://athletictraining.concord.edu.