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ATHENS, W.Va. - The Annual Sports Medicine Conference of the West Virginia Athletic Trainer's Association (WVATA) will bring together leaders in the field of athletic training for an overview of this expanding profession. The conference will be held in Athens, W.Va. from March 22-23, 2013 at Concord University.

This conference is a meeting of athlete training faculty members, physicians and other medical professionals and students working and researching in areas to increase their knowledge of injury care and prevention. The conference faculty will provide background as well as an introduction to the latest concepts through scientific sessions and presentations.

The conference, which features oral and poster presentations, will be held in the Rahall Technology Center.  There will be ample time to network and have informal discussions with the faculty. The first day of the conference will end with the WVATA Quiz Bowl.

Dr. Joseph A. Beckett, professor and director of CU's Athletic Training Education Program said, "This year's conference is particularly important. Our goal is to help educate and teach the people at the secondary school, the high school and the middle school. We desire to become a mecca of sports medicine in our geographic region. When people have questions about anything to do with sports medicine, athlete training, we would like to be their resource of information, the connection to help train and educate them through the conference format."

Kat Naglee, a junior athletic training student from Spanishburg, W.Va., said, "One thing about athlete training is that people don't generally realize what we do. We do a lot of rehabilitation, and people don't often realize this. We do a lot of injury prevention and care of athletes' injuries. It will be really nice for people who work in the medical field to see what we do and work together. Our profession is trying to focus on different medical fields to work together."

Dr. Beckett emphasized that there will be a number of speakers with strong ties and appeal to West Virginia. "We want the conference to have southern West Virginia roots," he said.

The student component of the event is also important. Last year, CU's team was runner-up in the quiz bowl in the first year they competed in this event. This year, the students are getting ready for the competition again. Joining Naglee on Concord's quiz bowl team are Erin Asbury, Samantha Clement and Britnee Gibson.

Of the 19 posters accepted, Concord has four presented by Clement, Gibson, Erin Bowling and Meghan Kinkead. Brent Roark is one of only four students who was awarded an oral presentation slot.

It will be the second conference for Gibson of Gilbert, W.Va. who was in the top five of poster presentations last year. "At a conference like this you get to see a lot of different presentations and they are all focused on athletic training. It allows you to further your knowledge of athletic training. It gives you an opportunity to meet some new people from different colleges who may provide you with some information about a grad school," said Gibson.

Naglee pointed at the importance of such events for students. "This is a new experience. You get to meet a lot of people and it is really important for us, for networking," she said.

For more information on the conference, contact Dr. Beckett at jbeckett@concord.edu or 304-384-6063. Information about Concord's ATEP can be accessed at http://athletictraining.concord.edu

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