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Georgia Southern athletic training major one of nine students awarded a national baseball medicine conference scholarship

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.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 142 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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