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Dr. Bobby Barton Athletic Training Room
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Eastern Kentucky's student-athletes benefit from one of the finest athletic training facilities anywhere in the country.

The Dr. Bobby Barton Athletic Training Room is located in the Moberly Building adjacent to the athletic weight room and is open for use by all EKU student-athletes.

The large space is occupied by the most modern training and rehabilitation equipment available. The training room features several tables used during treatment and rehabilitation, taping tables, a wet room that features whirlpools and a four-foot-deep rehab pool that includes a submerged treadmill for aquatic rehab exercises. The area also features all of the latest modalities, helping get injured athletes back into the game as quickly as possible.

The athletic training room also houses an examination room used by team doctors. The physicians are regularly on site and perform evaluations, while assisting the training staff in ensuring the health of every student-athlete.

On October 16, 2009 the facility was renamed in honor of former EKU Head Athletic Trainer Dr. Bobby Barton. Dr. Barton is a pre-eminent leader in the field of intercollegiate sports medicine. He came to Eastern Kentucky in 1976 and was instrumental in beginning the athletics training major while serving as the Colonels' head athletics trainer. He served two four-year terms as President of the National Athletics Trainers Association and was named National Trainer of the Year in 1983-84 by NATA. Barton is a member of the Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame and the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

For those sports that are primarily located in Alumni Coliseum, there is a satellite training room area that features a treatment and taping area as well as rehabilitation equipment.

Jake Ryan is the Director of Sports Medicine at EKU. He is joined by associate athletic trainer Tim Miesmer and assistants Nicol Hart, Matthias Reiber and Ashley Smith, as well as a host of graduate assistants and students who are involved in the University's athletic training program.

 

Sports Medicine Staff

 

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Director of Sports
Medicine

Jake Ryan

(MBB)
Associate Athletic
Trainer

Tim Miesmer
(Football, Cheer, Dance)
Associate Athletic
Trainer

Ashley Smith
(WBB, MG, WG)
Assistant Athletic
Trainer

Nicol Hart
(M/W XC, Track)
Assistant Athletic
Trainer

Matthias Reiber
(Assist FB)




Graduate Assistants

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Abbie Crescitelli,
ATC

Cincinnati
(Baseball)

Kyrsten Henry,
ATC

Liberty
(Volleyball)

Aundrea McDaniel,
ATC

Ohio State
(Softball)

Holly McDonald,
ATC

Olivet Nazarene
(Soccer)



Team Physicians

Carolyn Hettrich
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Carolyn Hettrich,
MD

Kim Kaiser,
MD
Austin Stone, MD Karina 
Christopher,
Nutritional 
Consultant


Click here to learn more about the Eastern Kentucky University Athletic Training Education Program.