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Professor named president of the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association

January 16, 2015 : Liberty University News Service

Matthew Gage
Dr. Matthew Gage

Dr. Matthew Gage, associate professor and clinical coordinator of the athletic training program in the Department of Health Professions, was recently elected president-elect of the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (VATA). Gage will begin his presidency next year.  

VATA promotes the athletic training profession by providing continuing education opportunities for members. It also encourages health and wellness by partnering with other health care professionals to educate the public on safe participation in sports.

Gage has been involved with VATA for three years and applied to be president-elect after being encouraged by an executive committee member. Gage will serve for a total of five years, and his responsibilities will include supervising officers, directing and prioritizing goals, and representing the organization’s interests when working with other entities.

“This opportunity will provide greater exposure for Liberty University’s athletic training program at the state, district, and national level and will hopefully open more doors for our students while they are at Liberty,” Gage said.

Dr. Mark Tinsley, associate dean of the School of Health Sciences, said that this achievement reflects well on the program at Liberty.

“We are excited to have Dr. Gage in this position of leadership, because it will give our program greater visibility among potential students and peer institutions,” he said.

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