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VA delegate visits athletic training facilities

July 27, 2012 : By BJ Williams/Liberty University News Service

Del. Scott Garrett (left) meets with Jason Porter (center), assistant athletic director for sports medicine, and a group of Liberty's certified athletic trainers (ATCs) at the Tolsma Indoor Track.
Garrett toured the athletic training rooms and met with Liberty's ATCs during his visit.

Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg) visited Liberty University on Wednesday to tour the athletic training rooms operated by Liberty’s certified athletic trainers (ATCs).

Garrett, a member of the House of Delegates representing the 23rd District of Virginia, supported House Bill 98, which changed the definition of "athletic training" in the Code of Virginia.

The amendment, passed by the House of Delegates and the Senate and approved by Gov. Bob McDonnell this spring, now defines the "practice of athletic training" as being "subsequent treatment and rehabilitation of such injuries or conditions under the direction of the patient's physician or under the direction of any doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, podiatry, or dentistry, while using heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, exercise or mechanical or other devices."

"This amendment is greatly beneficial as certified athletic trainers continue to progress as members of the allied health care community," said Jason Porter, assistant athletic director for sports medicine and health sciences professor.

Garrett is a practicing surgeon in the Lynchburg area.

"I am truly impressed by the educational opportunities and breadth of services offered at Liberty University," he said. "We are blessed to have students and educators committed to serving our athletes and their futures."

Liberty University Sports Medicine is comprised of 10 certified athletic trainers and six graduate assistant athletic trainers, all of whom provide medical coverage for Liberty’s 20 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Academically, students can major in athletic training through the Athletic Training Education Program. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and uses the latest in technology to teach students who are working toward a career as an ATC at the high school, collegiate, or professional level.