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Purdue University Sports Medicine

Purdue University has a long and rich history in health care for the student-athlete and in athletic training education, anchored by two legends in the field, William E. "Pinky" Newell and Denny Miller.

Newell was the athletic trainer from 1949 to 1976. He was a founding father of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and was a leader in the development of formal educational programs in athletic training. His foresight and commitment to the profession and to Purdue student-athletes places Purdue among the leaders in the care of athletes and the education of athletic trainers.

Miller worked with Boilermaker student-athletes for nearly four decades, as assistant athletic trainer, athletic trainer and director of sports medicine, from 1973 to 2012. He served as president of the National Athletic Trainers' Association from 1992 to 1996, and in 2002 received the Diamond P Award, presented by the John Purdue Club for distinguished service and commitment to Purdue athletics. The number of former Purdue student athletic trainers in collegiate professional sports speaks volumes of Miller's guidance and leadership.

Purdue Sports Medicine utilizes on-site daily care by the athletic training staff and team physicians, as well as consultants in orthopedics, dentistry, ophthalmology, neurology, and other medical specialties in Lafayette/West Lafayette and Indianapolis. With a staff of nine athletic trainers and more than 20 physicians and other health care professionals, the Purdue student-athlete's health is well tended.

Purdue attracts some of the finest athletic trainers in the country. The nine athletic trainers on the Purdue staff were drawn here by the reputation of the athletic training program. Every athletic trainer at Purdue is highly qualified; each has a master's degree, a physical therapy degree, or PhD. Most athletic trainers on the Purdue staff also teach courses in the athletic training education program.

Every Purdue sport has its own staff athletic trainer, along with a contingent of athletic training students, to care for Boilermaker student-athletes.

The reputation of Purdue's athletic training education program reaches nationwide. Graduates of the program are head and assistant athletic trainers in the NFL, the NBA, the Big Ten, and the Pac-10, as well as other conferences across the country. They serve in high schools and clinics in all parts of the United States.