College and University

Michigan State’s Nogle used San Diego State degrees in rise to top


Article reposted from The San Diego Union Tribune
Author: Tod Leonard

Sally Nogle was a college student in the Athletic Training Program at San Diego State when she got her first taste of working the sidelines for the Holiday Bowl.

The years were 1980 and ’81, and Nogle was a trainer liaison for BYU for its two thrilling wins — 46-45 over SMU and 38-36 over Washington State. Those games put the Holiday Bowl on the must-watch list for fans.

“It was a cool bowl game,” Nogle said. “When I went on to Michigan State, I thought maybe someday we’d get back there.”

It only took 34 years.

Nogle, a Bay Area native, will finally return to the sidelines of SDCCU Stadium (it was Jack Murphy Stadium back in her time), with Michigan State taking on Washington State on Thursday in the 40th Holiday Bowl.

Nogle began her athletic training career in 1983 with the Spartans and has never left East Lansing, Mich. In 2013, she became the first female in the Big Ten Conference to be the head trainer for the entire athletic program and for football.

Nogle is here this week with her husband, Carlton, who also is a San Diego State grad, and she joked that they’ve walked around in the sunshine and said, “Why did we ever leave?”

She did so to have a career that has distinguished Nogle as one of the top people in her field. She’s won numerous national awards and in 2012 was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

In 2008, Nogle was honored with San Diego State’s Robert J. Moore Distinguished Alumnus Award. It was Moore who began SDSU’s Athletic Training Program in 1968, and he emphasized getting more women into the field.

SDSU’s program has produced more than 1,300 trainers, men and women, in nearly 50 years.

Moore, who died in 2012, was among the first trainers in the country to promote and use Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) — an advanced form of stretching for athletes.

“A brilliant man,” Nogle said. “I got lucky to have been in the program there. When I left, I realized how much of an incredible mentor he was.”

Nogle, who did her undergraduate studies at SDSU in 1975-79 and graduate work from 1980-83, said she also was influenced by Carolyn Greer, a product of SDSU’s training program who became the first female head athletic trainer in Division I when she was hired by the University of San Diego in 1978.

Women now make up about 50 percent of all trainers outside of college athletics, Nogle said, but there are only a handful who are head trainers or lead football trainers in the Power Five conferences.

“In college football, it’s a male-dominated world, and we don’t play football,” Nogle said. “It’s not an easy job, either, in terms of lifestyle and balancing a family, and that comes into play.”

Nogle laughed when asked if a female football trainer can do the same job as a man.

“There’s no reason we can’t,” she said. “If you’re interested in a sport, you can learn by watching it. I just need to learn the movement, and the dynamics of what certain athletes need to do.”

Times have changed in the training world as football faces bigger scrutiny than ever over injuries, and concussions in particular.

“I think we’re better than we were in the past,” Nogle said. “The concussion issue, we understand it better, and we treat the athletes better. That’s important.

“I happen to work for a great coach (Mark Dantonio), who if I say an athlete has a concussion, he doesn’t challenge it. I hope there are a lot of coaches out there who do that, but I think for some athletic trainers it’s harder. Sometimes coaches will put pressure on to get a person back.

“You have to be strong, and it’s stressful. You want to win, too. But you have to do what’s best for the athlete.”

Nogle’s hours haven’t gotten any easier. She still works a ton of them, and probably more than ever, with her dual roles in football and the athletic department.

“It’s stressful at times, but I like it a lot,” Nogle said. “Being the head athletic trainer, you get to establish polices and get the culture of the program where you want it to be. Being able to do that as the head person, that’s part of the fun.”

College and University

Keeping Spartans student-athletes healthy, physically and mentally


Article reposted from WKAR

“The healthcare of our athletes is very important – including their mental health,” says MSU Athletics’ lead trainer Sally Nogle.  “It’s probably the best healthcare they’re ever going to have in their life because we’re readily available.  They can’t stay on the field or on the court or in the pool without their health being there and allowing them to compete.”

“Does it bring balance to their life or does it make them unsettled?” adds MSU professor, researcher and neurologist Dr. David Kaufman.  And he’s a team physician for Spartan Football.  “The mental health aspects of sport need to be put in the forefront more and more.”

Nogle and Kaufman talk with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.  They say parents and mentors need to keep close tabs on any changes to young athletes’ physical and mental behavior and be ready to respond accordingly.  If they act abnormally in anyway, they may need to be examined.

“It’s not the old days of a trainer taping an ankle,” adds Hollis.  “You have a responsibility to try to understand all aspects of their health and well-being.”

And Kaufman adds that “the introduction of more science into determinations is one of the things I’ve been most pleased to observe in my six years as a team physician.  And the evolution of neuroscience is one of the most exciting things in front of us.”

President Simon mentions the promising work of Marcos Dantus and Gary Blanchard on a headband that shows the “culture of innovation at MSU where we continue to try to find ways to augment our already strong system.”

Blanchard and Dantus, with MSU’s Department of Chemistry, have invented a headband that records the severity and location of impacts on the head. This inexpensive detector allows coaches, parents and doctors to quickly decide to initiate concussion protocols at sporting events, such as football or soccer.

Nogle likes the low-tech nature of the headband.  She says they aren’t sensors that cost thousands of dollars.  It’s a very affordable item.

“It doesn’t make the diagnosis of concussion,” adds Kaufman.  “But as an extension of the clinical exam, I believe it will be valuable.

“One of the most interesting things about working at a university is that a neurologist and an athletic trainer get in a room with two chemists and something remarkable comes out as a result.”

MSU Today airs Sunday afternoons at 4:00 on AM 870.


Dave Carrier to Receive The Jim Fullerton Award


Michigan State associate head athletic trainer Dave Carrier has been named the recipient of the 2016 Jim Fullerton Award, it has been announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).

Carrier will be one of eight individuals to receive a major award from the AHCA during the organization’s convention, April 27 in Naples, Florida. All eight award winners are being recognized for their unique contributions to amateur hockey in the United States.

Named in honor of the former Brown University hockey coach and AHCA spiritual leader, the Fullerton Award recognizes an individual who loves the purity of our sport. Whether a coach, administrator, trainer, official, journalist or simply a fan, the recipient exemplifies Jim Fullerton, who gave as much as he received and never stopped caring about the direction in which our game was heading.

Carrier is in his 32nd year at Michigan State and has spent every season with the hockey team. Prior to MSU, Carrier worked with the hockey team at Ferris State for five seasons.

“To be recognized by the American Hockey Coaches Association, in the sport in which you have honed your skills for the past 37 years, is truly a great honor,” said Carrier. “Coming off the high of the NATA Hall of Fame Induction in June of 2015, and now to receive this award is very humbling and fulfilling as a professional and human being.”

“It’s great to see Dave recognized for all of his contributions to the game of hockey,” said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. “As someone who has been a vital part of Spartan hockey for over 30 years, Dave’s contributions to the program are immeasurable. This is another well-deserved honor and the entire Spartan family is proud and excited for Dave.”

This past June, Carrier became the third athletic trainer from MSU to be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, joining head athletic trainer Dr. Sally Nogle and Dr. John Powell.

Carrier’s long and distinguished career makes him not only one of the longest-tenured, but most respected athletic trainers in hockey. He was chosen in 2007 to become an Honored Member of the Cambridge Who’s Who, which recognizes executives and professionals from around the country. In 2005, Carrier received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award at the NATA convention and was inducted into the Michigan Athletics Trainers Hall of Fame. The 1992 Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award winner has served as President of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society.

Carrier has a long history of international experience as well, having served as the athletic trainer for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. He also worked the 1992 Olympic Games, serving as trainer for the ski jumpers and Nordic track athletes. In 1990, he served as the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Hockey Team at the World Championship in Bern, Switzerland.

He was a 1997 Michigan Athletic Trainers Distinguished Award winner and in 1998 earned the Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association for his dedication and contributions to the profession. Also in 1998, Carrier earned the Research and Education Foundation’s inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award and was named an honorary member of the MSU Varsity S Club. Most recently, Carrier joined Powell and Nogle in being honored by the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) with its Outstanding Educator Award in the spring of 2012.

Carrier’s manual medicine skills have placed him at the cutting edge in the profession in his approach to prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of structural injuries. He has treated many professional athletes from around the world and has shared his knowledge about osteopathic manual medicine with more than five hundred athletic trainers from the professional, college and high school ranks.

Carrier served in the United States Army from 1971-1973. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service.