UMU Athletic Training to Spend Spring Break across Europe

February 16, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union’s Athletic Training program is taking six students on the spring break trip of a lifetime, as they will be traveling to multiple European countries February 29 – March 5.

The trip will feature many opportunities for the group to not only explore the cultures abroad, but to also learn from some of the countries’ most knowledgeable professionals in the field.

The eight-day/six-night trip will feature:

  • A behind the scenes look at the training of the Mönchoengladbach Budesliga Football Club;
  • One-on-one meetings with the staff of the Royal Dutch center for gymnastics;
  • A physiotherapy training class at the University of Maastricht and a Q and A session with professors and
  • A visit with the training staff of the Sittard Fortuna Soccer Club and attendance at a professional game.

“Without a doubt, it will be a great resumé builder and will give me a lot more knowledge and diversity of sports medicine around the world,” said junior Mike Cintron ’17 of Brunswick, Ohio. “I hope to interact with a lot of people from around the world and hopefully I will learn how to properly help them because no one person is the same.”

Sophomore Sabrina Salupo ’18, of Parma Heights, Ohio, feels that the ability to study abroad is a great opportunity. She said, “I think studying abroad is very important. It gets you into other cultures and ways that other people do things throughout the nation.”

“[This trip] is greatly important due to the fact that our country is becoming much more culturally integrated,” said Nathan Tirabassi ’16, of Hubbard, Ohio. “It will allow me to learn and view things in a way I never thought of before.”

The trip will be facilitated by program director Morgan Bagley, PhD, AT, ATC and the Harvard Sports Management Group.

“Our students will work with a very diverse patient population in their careers, and many of those patients will believe in more than just typical western medicine,” said Bagley. “This trip will expose our students to how sports medicine is delivered in several different countries.”

“It is also very exciting that we will be the first American University to see the new European Sports Centre in Limburg, Netherlands. This facility opened in 2015 and offers optimal training conditions for a variety of teams including professionals and Olympians,” Bagley continued.

Bagley also believes that students can learn from the aspects of the trip outside of the planned activities, stating, “I am hoping that this trip rewards our students with the drive to go out and help those around them and to never stop learning from those who will share information with them.”

The group will be highlighting their trip on multiple social media platforms with Mount Union. Mount Union will feature blog posts, Snapchat stories and photographs from the University’s @lifeofaraider Instagram account throughout the student’s time there.

For more information on the trip, contact Bagley at

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