Athletic Training Department Hosts Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

January 05, 2015

ALLIANCE – The Department of Athletic Training at the University of Mount Union hosted Ron O’Neil, ATC in November as he presented his program on new and innovative ideas for “out of the box” thinking in the field of athletic training.

O’Neil, an employee at Andover Healthcare, Inc., presented the Board of Certification (BOC) approved continuing education unit (CEU) program, “Creative Solutions in Taping Methods to Prevent Injury,” to the athletic training staff and students to encourage them to explore new ways of thinking using these advanced products.

“Everyone enjoyed the way that Ron taped the thumb,” said Morgan Bagley, instructor of human performance and sport business and director of athletic training at Mount Union. “The students felt that they were extremely lucky to have someone with Ron’s experience (29 years in the NFL) share his wisdom.”

O’Neil has been a certified athletic trainer for 38 years.  In 2013, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association presented him with the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.   He started his athletic training career at Northwestern University for four years before moving to the National Football League (NFL).  O’Neil worked in the NFL for 29 years including 18 years as the head athletic trainer for the New England Patriots.

As a gift and thank you for participating in the presentation, O’Neil handed out units of patented PowerFlex, PowerTape, PowerFlex AFD, VictoryTape, a Taping Methods DVD and informational brochures to the staff and students in attendance.

“As the demand for certified, licensed athletic trainers continues to grow,” said Bagley, “we expect our program here at Mount Union to continue to prepare future athletic trainers who will continue to learn after graduation, make significant contributions to the profession and serve their communities with distinction.”

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