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Athletic Training Program hosts successful 2024 WVATA Sports Medicine Symposium

The Marshall University Athletic Training Program hosted the 2024 West Virginia Athletic Trainers Association (WVATA) Sports Medicine Symposium on April 6. The symposium, held on Marshall’s Huntington campus, brought together students, faculty, and professionals in the field of sports medicine.

The symposium celebrated the outstanding achievements of the students and faculty within the athletic training program. Several awards were presented to recognize their contributions to sports medicine.

  • Jenni Johnson, Clinical Coordinator, who received the prestigious WVATA Educator of the Year Award.
  • Heather Williamson, was named WVATA Student of the Year for her exceptional commitment to the field.
  • Zach Garrett, Athletic Training Program director, received the WVATA Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the athletic training community.

Marshall University emerged as the Quiz Bowl Champions, over rivals West Virginia Wesleyan College and Concord University. As a result of their win, Marshall will now advance to the District Quiz Bowl competition in Virginia Beach, VA, scheduled for May.

The symposium also featured a poster competition, showcasing research and innovations in sports medicine. Olivia Newhouse, claimed the top spot, earning first place for her poster presentation, while Ge-Ona Witcher and Ariana Felix tied for second place.

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