Raider Preview (March 26): March is National Athletic Training Month

Raider Preview (March 26): March is National Athletic Training Month

MILWAUKEE – March is National Athletic Training Month and the MSOE Athletic Department is lucky to have four skilled and experienced athletic trainers on staff led by assistant athletic director and director of sports medicine David Bugalski. Bugalski, Danielle Olson, Mike Houte, and Linda Hill are tasked with keeping the Raiders healthy and on the field.

When an athlete gets injured during a game, you see an athletic trainer run to their side. But, athletic trainers do much more than stand on the sidelines. They prevent, examine, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate emergent, acute, and chronic injuries and medical conditions. The field is growing because of increased sports-related injuries at a young age, more attention to concussion protocol and treatment, increased activity in middle-aged and elderly people, and the advancements in injury prevention and treatment

Here are some facts about athletic training...

  • Employment of athletic trainers is estimated to grow 21% by 2024
  • Athletic trainers are regulated in 49 states and the District of Columbia
  • More than 70% of athletic trainers have master's degrees. This will increase soon, as all educational programs have or are transitioning to entry-level master's programs.
  • Every two years, athletic trainers must complete 50 continuing education credits to maintain their certification

Bugalski and Olson are each in their seventh year with the Raiders and have taken a more active role in all-around student welfare. Bugalski has seen an increase in administrative duties with the internal operations of the athletic department and has become a valuable resource. Meanwhile, Olson is the department's senior women's administrator and is the co-coordinator of the MSOE Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Houte is in his second year and the foursome was rounded out with the addition of Hill this past winter. The expanded staff has been capable through an ongoing partnership with Dr. Jamie Edwards and the physicians at the Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin and Midwest Orthopedic Sports Medicine for their support and partnership with MSOE Athletics.

The Raiders are lucky to have such a knowledgeable and dedicated staff. When you see Dave, Danielle, Mike, or Linda around, be sure to thank them for what they do as it's instrumental in the success of MSOE Athletics.

Around MSOE Athletics…

  • Men's Volleyball split a pair of matches, falling at Lakeland before defeating NAIA #9 Cardinal Stritch in a five-set thriller.
  • Clay Gustafson became the first MSOE Lacrosse player to 200 career points, scoring four goals with four assists in a 17-5 win at Olivet.
  • Softball swept Carthage on the road and then took two games from Beloit to extend its winning streak to five-straight games. Lorrin Pondo set a school record with 16 Ks vs. Beloit, the most in a seven-inning game.
  • Baseball took 1-of-4 in games at Illinois Tech and Beloit on the weekend.
  • Women's Tennis and the Track & Field teams had competitions scheduled for Saturday canceled.

Coming Up This Week...

  • Men's Volleyball (12-6, 8-3 NACC / W1) have a pair of tough road matches with nationally-ranked Carthage and Dominican, with the Stars' match concluding the league season.
  • Lacrosse (6-1, 1-1 MLC / W2) hosts Carroll Wednesday and plays at Trine in a pair of non-league games.
  • Men's Tennis (0-5 / L5) returns to the court after a six-week lay-off, opening NACC play with matches against Wisconsin Lutheran and Aurora.
  • Track & Field will take another try at opening the outdoor season Saturday at the Carroll Invitational.
  • Baseball (8-7 / L2) has one more doubleheader before starting NACC play, traveling to UW-Oshkosh Saturday.
  • Softball (11-3 / W5) start conference play with a doubleheader against Concordia Chicago Saturday.
Wednesday Men's Volleyball @ Carthage 7:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Wednesday Lacrosse Carroll 7:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Friday Men's Tennis Wisconsin Lutheran* 3:00 PM  
Friday Men's Volleyball @ Dominican* 7:00 PM Video Live Stats
Saturday Track & Field (M/W) @ Carroll Invitational 10:00 AM  
Saturday Baseball @ UW-Oshkosh 12:00 PM  
Saturday Softball Concordia Chicago* 12:00 PM Audio  |  Live stats
Saturday Lacrosse @ Trine 2:00 PM  
Saturday Softball Concordia Chicago* 2:00 PM Audio  |  Live stats
Saturday Men's Tennis Aurora 2:00 PM  
Saturday Baseball @ UW-Oshkosh 3:00 PM  
* Conference Contest | Home Contests in BOLD