Tornados Honor Athletic Training Staff
Last updated 3/19/2018 at 1:59pm
The Brevard College Department of Athletics is honoring Matt Bummer, Nichole LaFortune, Kira Paulin and Caitlin Scruggs in March as part of National Athletic Training Month, which is held annually to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers.
Bummer, the program’s Head Athletic Trainer, joined the Brevard College in 2015.
He earned his master’s in advanced athletic training at North Dakota State University, where he served as the Athletic Training Graduate Assistant from 2013-15 by working directly with the baseball team and as an assistant with the school’s wrestling program.
Bummer earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana, where he also worked in the Athletic Training department.
As a student he got experience working with football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball and track and field teams.
LaFortune is in the midst of her first year as a member of the Brevard College sports medicine staff, serving as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. She works with men’s soccer, volleyball, softball, as well men’s and women’s tennis.
She completed her bachelor of science degree in athletic training from James Madison in 2015.
Prior to coming to Brevard, LaFortune’s most recent experience in collegiate athletics came at Georgia Southern, where she completed her master’s degree in kinesiology.
As a graduate assistant she provided health care to student athletes on the football, rifle, women’s soccer and baseball teams.
Paulin is also in her first year at Brevard, serving as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.
She works directly with football, men’s lacrosse, cross country as well as track and field.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2015 from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Paulin most recently completed her master’s degree in athletic training from Plymouth State University.
During her two years, she worked directly with men’s soccer, women’s ice hockey, and men’s lacrosse, as well as assisting out-of-season athletes with rehab.
Scruggs joined Brevard athletic staff in August 2015 as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. She joined the Brevard College staff after working at Lenoir-Rhyne University as a student while earning her master’s degree in athletic training.
Scruggs, who was a four-year member of the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer, earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science in 2013.
Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings.
They are instrumental in relieving widespread and future workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab professions and provide an unparalleled continuum of care for the patients.
They also improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury.
Preventative care provided by athletic trainers at our institution has had a positive return on investment for our organization.
ATs are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time, which translates to reduced health care costs.