Wesleyan to host free conditioning clinic

The West Virginia Wesleyan College Department of Exercise Science, in conjunction with Tygart Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, will offer conditioning and training tips for spring sports athletes and coaches at a free event on Tuesday.

“Sports Medicine and the Spring Athlete: Practical Tips for the Coach, Athlete and Parent” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hyma Auditorium in the Christopher Hall of Science. The event is part of March’s National Athletic Training Month.

“Part of the reason to hold this event when we are is as a way to promote the profession of athletic training and to educate people in the role of athletic trainers as an allied health care professional,” said Brian Potter, who will be one of the featured speakers at the event.

Those attending the conference will learn the common causes of injuries to baseball and softball players, along with injury prevention strategies for those sports. Another presentation will show the common injuries for runners, how to treat them and the best ways to prevent them. There will also be a discussion on basic training and conditioning principles for all athletes.

Potter is a board-certified athletic trainer, who also has experience as an emergency medical technician. He works for Tygart Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and he has experience at the high school, collegiate and clinical levels, and he has worked in a physician’s office setting.

Drew Mason is a board-certified athletic trainer who is on the faculty of WVWC’s exercise science program. He has worked in the sports medicine area from the high school level to the professional level, having served as an athletic trainer for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Rae Emrick is the director for athletic training at Wesleyan and coordinates the education program, along with providing training services for 500 student athletes. In addition to be board-certified as an athletic trainer, Emrick is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Dr. Dan Martin, a board-certified athletic trainer and the director of WVWC’s graduate program in athletic training, will serve as the program’s moderator. Martin is the chairman of the Department of Exercise Science at Wesleyan and a member of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

Each presentation will last 15 to 20 minutes, followed by a time for audience questions.

For more information, call 304-637-4509 or email Potter at bpotter.atc.emt@gmail.com.