Barton’s Athletic Training Students Lend Expertise For The Nash Street Mile

WILSON, N.C. – Barton students are donating their time, energy, and expertise to a worthwhile cause this weekend as they provide support for “The Nash Street Mile,” a 10k race and one-mile community walk, scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 20.

The Nash Street Mile was the idea of Dr. Margaret Cabell Metts, Radiation Oncologist with Wilson Radiation Oncology.  The race was established to help raise funds for the Compassionate Care Fund of WilMed Healthcare Foundation.

Look for Barton’s royal blue and white shirts on the day of the race. The College’s Athletic Training Education Program majors and ATEP faculty will be on hand to provide information focusing on basic care and prevention of activity-involved musculoskeletal injuries and shoe-wear selection. The Barton group will also lead warm-up exercises and stretches at 8 a.m. as runners and walkers prepare for the 10k race at 8:30 a.m. and the community walk at 8:45 a.m., respectively.

In addition to leading warm-up exercises, Barton’s Athletic Training students will be stationed throughout the course with EMS personnel as first responders for the race.

“We want our students to look beyond the scope of what they experience every day and utilize their education and abilities outside the norm, while becoming involved in the community around them,” said Dr. Jennifer O’Donoghue, director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Barton. “As ATEP faculty, we believe the education process includes teaching our students, as well as demonstrating to them, to seek opportunities to practice their skills beyond the customary situations of providing athletic training coverage.  Community service projects such as The Nash Street Mile provide excellent opportunities to transfer educational theory into practical application.”

Certified athletic trainers are recognized as allied health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses in sports settings, performing arts, corporations, the military, schools, clinics, as well as hospitals, physicians offices, and other health care facilities.

Barton College’s Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies offers an entry-level professional program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. The College’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) provides students with a comprehensive foundation in athletic training that includes a thorough understanding of the human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, injuries, illnesses, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, and the principles of exercise science.  As a result, graduates of the program have the knowledge and training to serve as a part of a complete healthcare team where they will play a critical role in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries.

Barton College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Successful graduates of CAATE accredited programs are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Examination (BOC).

For more information about the Athletic Training Education program at Barton, contact Dr. Jennifer O’Donoghue at (252)-399-6377 or email:


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