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Athletic Training Faculty

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Barbara H. Long, EdD, VATL, ATC
Chair, Department of Health & Human Sciences
Director, Athletic Training Program
Associate Professor, Health & Human Sciences

This year marks Dr. Barbara H. Long’s 25th year as a certified athletic trainer. Over the years, Dr. Long has worked in a variety of settings (hospital, high school, college, outpatient clinic, clinical outreach, etc.) and completed degrees in an assortment of disciplines. Dr. Long’s career has had her working with professional and high level amateur athletes at places like the World University Games, US Olympic Training Center and several professional football camps. She has also served as head athletic trainer at a high school, NCAA Division III program and was a clinical athletic trainer for two comprehensive and innovative outpatient clinics in Virginia. In 1988, she graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Biology; in 1989, she graduated from the United States Sports Academy with master's degrees in Sports Medicine and Fitness Management; finally, in 2012, she completed a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University. Dr. Long was certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) in 1989 and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as an athletic trainer in 2002 (first year available). Fifteen years ago (1999), Dr. Long was hired to transition the internship athletic training program to an accredited athletic training program at Bridgewater College. Since 1999, she and her colleagues have successfully devised a curriculum and lead the athletic training program through candidacy for accreditation and two site-visits resulting in the maximum accreditation length offered by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and then the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Although Dr. Long remained active in clinical practice until July 1, 2014 (acting as the director of the integrated education and clinical athletic training programs), her focus changed to teaching, scholarship and service. Bridgewater College emphasizes teaching; however, she has managed to integrate the other expectations of faculty members into the variety of tasks required of an employee in the institution. Dr. Long’s research experience includes projects and presentations on pathogens in athletic training such as, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), hydration levels in athletes, and fall prevention in the elderly. In 2009, the publishing company Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins released Dr. Long’s and Professor Charles Hale’s book entitled: Athletic Training Exam Review. This book was written to assist athletic training students in their preparation for the BOC examination and has been widely adopted across the country. In 2006, Dr. Long was appointed Chair of the Department of Health and Human Sciences, the largest academic unit on the Bridgewater College campus with 13 full-time faculty (numerous adjunct faculty) and more than 400 students integrated into the five majors and four minors offered within the department. This leadership role has contributed extensively to Dr. Long’s professional growth. In addition to teaching and scholarship, Dr. Long entered higher education with a propensity for service. During the 10 years as a full time clinical athletic trainer, Dr. Long began to serve the profession and community beyond patient care. She devised community education presentations and publications dealing with exercise and aging, fall prevention, increasing the functional limits of aging, and children and sports. During this process, she also acted as co-chair for a wellness workgroup of the Eldercare Alliance, Inc. and coordinator of Stride Inside a local mall walking program for the elderly. Dr. Long has previously served the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association as chair of the education committee and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association as a member of the scholarship committee. Additionally, her professional service expanded to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2007 when she became an approved site-visitor and has currently completed seven site visits (5 as a chair and 2 as a team member). Since 2010, she has also served the CAATE on the Review Committee (2 years as a member, 1 year as a team coordinator and currently as the Review Committee Chair leading all professional and post-professional review teams). Dr. Long has been selected to act as an ad hoc and ex officio member to a number of CAATE committees including the Site Visit, Substantive Change and Standards Committees. Finally, her work with the CAATE has involved her presenting at various site visitor and review committee training seminars

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Charles W. Hale, IV, MSEd, VATL, ATC
Assistant Professor, Health and Human Sciences
Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training Program
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Chase Hale joined the Bridgewater staff in the spring of 2000 as the College's Assistant Athletic Trainer. He has a Bachelor's degree in Health Science/Athletic Training and a Master's degree in Health Science Education from James Madison University. In 2002, Professor Hale moved to a full-time faculty position at the College. He teaches kinesiology and a variety of athletic training courses within the Department of Health and Human Sciences, and is the athletic trainer for the field hockey, track, and tennis teams. Prior to his employment at the College he worked with Rockingham Memorial Hospital Rehab Services. Professor Hale's research interest involves the relationship between pedagogical methods and athletic training psychomotor skill performance. Professor Hale lives in Grottoes with his wife Ada and their three children.

Approved Clinical Instructors

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Scott Powers, MS, VATL, ATC
Assistant Director, Athletic Trainer

Scott comes to Bridgewater College with a variety of athletic training experience. As a graduate of North Dakota State University and James Madision University, he has spent 27 years working in the clinical and secondary school environments. Athletic training has allowed him to work with several international sports teams in many different countries including the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta. Scott spent 5 years self-employed with orthopedic and surgical sales, as well as working in an orthopedic office as a physician extender. Scott resides in Dayton with his wife Pam and their sons, Justin, Jake, Josh, and Jason.

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Ellen Hicks, MEd, VATL,ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Ellen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Minor in Athletic Training from Bridgewater College, and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern State University in Health Promotion. She was certified by the Board of Certification in 1996 and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as an Athletic Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician. Ellen has more than a dozen years in clinical athletic training experience; ten of those years were with RMH Rehab services. She has also spent nine years working for Rockingham County Public Schools at Broadway High School as the Head Athletic Trainer. Ellen resides in Port Republic and primarily works with Volleyball, Women's Basketball, and Track & Field.

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Sarah Cook, MA, VATL, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sarah hails from Lewiston, Maine. She has a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Colby-Sawyer College and a Master of Arts degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her assistantship at the University of Minnesota gave her the opportunity to teach a variety of physical education classes as well as a lecture class on sport psychology. Her primary research interest is in the psychology of injury and rehabilitation. Sarah spent a summer as the head athletic trainer at J Robinson Intensive Basketball Camps and has experience working with Division I Men's Ice Hockey and Men's Gymnastics. She resides in Harrisonburg with her menagerie of small animals. Her primary responsibilities are field hockey, volleyball, tennis and track and field.