Athletic Training Student Awarded National Baseball Medicine Conference Scholarship

William Green

William Green, an athletic training major in Georgia Southern University’s Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the Lewis A. Yocum Memorial Baseball Medicine Conference Scholarship by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

A senior from Roswell, Georgia, Green was one of nine individuals from across the nation selected to receive a scholarship to attend the Lewis A. Yocum Memorial Baseball Medicine Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona, in January.

“We are very proud that William was chosen to receive this scholarship,” said Health Sciences and Kinesiology Department Chair Robert LeFavi, Ph.D. “Having a student such as William honored with this scholarship and engaged with the best in baseball medicine and rehabilitation solidifies our standing as a premiere university for athletic training.”

While the scholarship paid for Green’s conference registration fee, the University’s Waters College of Health Professions, which houses health sciences programs, provided him with $500 to assist with travel expenses. During the conference, Green attended presentations by team doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers, as well as breakout sessions with experts in the fields of pain management and performance enhancement.

He expanded his knowledge in medicine as it relates to baseball, and connected with other baseball athletic trainers.

“It was an experience I will forever remember,” said Green. “I can’t wait to go back again.”

Following graduation, Green plans to pursue a master’s degree in a field related to athletic training and hopes to one day work as an athletic trainer for a baseball team at the collegiate or professional level.

The Waters College of Health Professions offers an interprofessional approach to healthcare education, raising the bar for healthcare in Georgia and across the Southeast by providing a well-trained, compassionate workforce. The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology prepares students for the growing fields of athletic training, exercise science, nutrition and food science, gerontology, health administration, fitness management, sport management, health and physical education, sport psychology, sports medicine and health informatics.

The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society serves as an educational resource for the Major League and Minor League Baseball athletic trainers. The organization serves its members by providing for the continued education of athletic trainers, helping to improve their understanding of sports medicine so as to better promote the health of the constituency — professional baseball players.

Sport Management Ranked No. 10 Nationally

Georgia Southern University’s online master’s degree in sport management was recently ranked No. 10 by Best College Reviewsin the survey “30 Top Online Masters in Sports Management Degree Programs 2017-2018.”

According to Best College Reviews, Georgia Southern offers one of the top online master’s degree programs in sport management that provide students with the flexibility to enhance their career.

“Rankings provide context and data for strategic planning, help us focus on quality and assist us in determining how we are performing,” said Katherine Thomas, Ph.D., school chair and professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology.

A total of 70 colleges and universities were selected and ranked by Best College Reviews. To determine the order of ranking, points were awarded to sport management programs which provided a curriculum both relevant to the industry and which had previously received accolades or other noted recognition in the field. The ranking also included the program’s industry connections and tuition rates.

“Certainly it is an honor to be grouped with these 30 programs including University of Massachusetts, Texas A&M, University of Florida and University of Memphis,” said Thomas.

The 36-credit online program was designed to provide academic preparation and practical experience in the skills and techniques necessary to be successful in the sport business and leisure field. Students are able to complete the program in an average of two years.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to work in sports marketing, promotion and advertising; sports information, media and communications; The Olympic Movement, state and county sports commissions, athletic leagues and associations, sport facilities and event management, and professional teams or collegiate athletic departments.

For more information on the online master’s degree in sport management, visit

2nd Annual Willie J. Burden Memorial Golf Tournament


Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Willie J. Burden Memorial Golf Tournament. The cost of the tournament is $100 per player and includes lunch, free refreshments and beverages, green and cart fee, one free mulligan and range balls. Players can register individually or as part of a team. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Drew Zwald at for further information regarding how to become a sponsor.


Third Annual Dietetic Internship Pinning Ceremony

First row left to right: Keyaira Hunt, Yi Sum To, Carrie Briscoe, Heather Carver, Brittany Roley, Krista Faircloth, Lindsey Morse, and Kasey Strouse.
Back row left to right- Sydney White, Maddy Lasell, Mari Fall, Jessica Lawless, La’Darius Madison, Michala Howard, Jordan Lord, Leah Johnson, and Lauren Mitchell

On July 22, the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Dietetic Internship (DI) program hosted its third annual pinning ceremony at the Nessmith-Lane Center. The ceremony is held annually to recognize those who have successfully completed the Dietetic Internship program.

Approximately 90 guests, including friends, families, dietetic interns, preceptors and Georgia Southern University faculty and staff were in attendance. During the ceremony, dietetic interns were presented with a certificate, a verification statement of program completion needed to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration examination for dietitians and an official registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) pin from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The following dietetic interns were recognized during the ceremony;

  • Carrie Briscoe
  • Heather Carver
  • Krista Faircloth
  • Marissa Fall
  • Sarah Gibson
  • Michala Howard
  • Keyaira Hunt
  • Leah Johnson
  • Madeline Lasell
  • Jessica Lawless
  • Jordan Lord
  • La’Darius Madison
  • Lauren Mitchell
  • Lindsey Morse
  • Brittany Roley
  • Bethany Soph
  • Kasey Strouse
  • Yi Sum To
  • Emily Tyus
  • Sydney White

To successfully complete the DI program, students had to complete 13 hours of graduate level coursework and a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience to include working on a farm, in a school system and in a clinical setting.

In 2014, Georgia Southern University established the Dietetic Internship program and accepted its first class of 20 dietetic interns. The program admits a maximum 20 dietetic interns annually and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) ( of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).

Free concussion screenings for athletes of all ages

Georgia Southern School of Health and Kinesiology faculty Nicholas Murray, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology, and Barry Munkasy, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology, have teamed up with Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation and Clark Medical Group to offer comprehensive concussion baseline and post-injury screenings to help injured athletes return to play in the safest and most effective manner.

The project is part of ongoing concussion research at the University, and is aimed to provide no-cost concussion screening to an at-risk group who may or may not have access to these types of screenings.

In the event a concussion has occurred, individuals will have the opportunity to complete a follow up assessment with project staff at Clark Medical Group or at Georgia Southern University’s Hanner Biomechanics Lab. All information gathered will be shared with the individual’s medical practitioner to aid in managing the athlete’s recovery process.

The event is intended for adolescents, but concussion screenings will be open to the general public from 7-9 p.m. on July 25, Aug. 1-3, and Aug. 8-10, at Clark Medical Group in Statesboro, Georgia. The walk-in appointments are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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