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Certified athletic trainer joins team

September 21, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Tygart Valley Orthopedics has welcomed certified athletic trainer Brian Potter to its sports medicine team. Potter joins board-certified orthopedic surgeons Luke Pavlovich and Ret Topping.

Potter received his Bachelor of Science in athletic training from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon and his Master of Science in health and physical education from Marshall University in Huntington. He served as a staff athletic trainer at WVWC from August 2005 to July 2012 and worked with the men's soccer, baseball, track and field, cross country and men's basketball teams. He also has been an adjunct instructor in exercise science at Wesleyan since 2006.

In his new role, Potter will be responsible for injury prevention, injury recognition, rehabilitation and return-to-play for student athletes and patients.

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"What I enjoy most about being an athletic trainer is the unique approach to care. If an athlete suffers an injury, I'm with them throughout their entire care plan and I like that," Potter said.

"Brian brings a lot of experience and a new skill set to our sports medicine team," Pavlovich said. "He and I worked together at WVWC and I was impressed by his knowledge and his work both on and off the field with the athletes."

Potter will work closely with Topping and Pavlovich in all aspects of the athlete's care. Athletic trainers provide assistance in musculoskeletal assessment, initiation of treatment plans, fitting of braces, splints and assistive devices, monitoring rehabilitation programs and more.

"Sports medicine is not just for the high school or college athlete," Topping said. "Active individuals, both competitive and recreational, can benefit from comprehensive sports medicine care."

Potter is board-certified by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers and is a registered Athletic Trainer in the state of West Virginia. Additionally, he is a certified emergency medical technician with 10 years experience in the field, seven of which are with the Upshur County EMS.

More information is available at 304-637-4509.



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