Athletic Training Faculty
Barbara H. Long, EdD, VATL, ATC
Chair, Department of Health & Human Sciences
Director, Athletic Training Program
Assistant Professor, Health & Human Sciences
Dr. Long is a graduate of Bridgewater College with a degree in Biology; United States Sports Academy with master's degrees in Sports Medicine and Fitness Management; Sheandoah University with a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership. She was certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) in 1989 and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as an athletic trainer. Her 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 Broadway High School and a clinical athletic trainer for RMH Rehab Services, and Body Ease Physical Therapy, PC. Dr. Long's research interests include 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, Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins released Long's and co-worker Chase Hale's book entitled: Athletic Training Exam Review. This book was written to assist AT students in their preparation for the BOC examination. Before entering the field of education, Dr. Long spent 10 years as a clinical athletic trainer and through this work developed 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 the Wellness Workgroup of the ElderAlliance, Inc. and coordinator of the Stride Inside Valley Mall Walking Program. Dr. Long is currently the chair of the education committee for the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association. Additionally, she is a accreditation site visitor and member of the review team for teh CAATE. Barbara and her husband Stuart enjoy living in the Lacey Springs area with their two children--Tyler and Cassie.
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
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.
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.
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.