Monday, March 1, 2021

Essential to Health Care


MARCH 1, 2021 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Essential to Health Care

Athletic Training: Alma College

March is National Athletic Training Month - a time to celebrate the essential role that athletic trainers play in health care.

Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who provide medical services for active patient populations. From injury prevention and enhanced wellness to rehabilitation and return to activity, ATs are essential to health care in work, life and sport. 

ATs provide essential health care services on the field, in the hospital and countless other locations. ATs are experts in injury and illness prevention – in fact, ATs spend nearly 50% of their time providing preventative health care. ATs provide essential health care in times of an emergency, such as sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke or cervical spine injury. Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of being an AT is helping an athlete, performer or public servant return to the sport, stage or job they love after sustaining an injury. ATs work collaboratively with other health care professionals to rehabilitate an active patient to work, life and sport. 

National Athletic Training Month is provided by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the professional members association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. NATA represents more than 45,000 members worldwide.

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2. Champions

Last weekend saw a combination of fall and winter sports championship events.

Heartland Conference WVB

Landmark Conference SWIMSouthern Athletic Association XCUpper Midwest Conference T&F
  • Minnesota Morris won its first UMAC women's indoor title, holding off defending champion St. Scholastica. The Cougars swept the throwing events, led by Jessica Bliese who won her third straight shot put gold (13.20m).
USA South XC
  • The Conference split its championship into divisional events due to COVID. Methodist won the men's East championship with a perfect score, led by Drew Topoly's 27:19 effort. Meredith captured the women's East crown, while the Monarchs' Makayla Lawler finished first (23:12).
  • Covenant swept the West Division races. Ben Mellott led the Scot men with a first-place finish in 27:21. Piedmont's Valeria Angel hit the tape first in the women's race, but it was not enough to best the Scot women.
Wisconsin WREST
  • UW-La Crosse edged UW-Eau Claire by 7.5 points to capture its fifth straight WIAC team title on Sunday. The Eagles had seven weight-class winners, headed by 165 Grant Zamin, ranked #2 nationally.

3. Lion Hearted

Livia Skinner

Women's Basketball

Piedmont 68, #10 Maryville 60
  • Hope Franklin posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Lions remained perfect in USA South action. Piedmont doubled its pleasure with a 76-65 win the next day as well behind 27 points from Livia Skinner (pictured).
#13 Wheaton, Ill. 73, North Central, Ill. 58
Men's Basketball

North Park 76, #2 Illinois Wesleyan 74
Bethel 81, #5 Saint John's 55
Mary Hardin-Baylor 105, Concordia Texas 76
New England College 121, NVU-Lyndon 93


4. Weekend Stars

  • #4 Virginia Wesleyan (6-0) took a pair of games from #3 Christopher Newport, 2-0 and 11-8, in an early-season showdown of national contenders. 
Men's LacrosseWomen's Lacrosse
Scores and Schedules: WRES | BSB | MLAX | WLAX

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Senior Day

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