Sports Medicine Head athletic trainer Kathy Pirog, MEd, ATC, oversees the Central Connecticut State University Sports Medicine Program. Pirog is joined by assistant athletic trainers Tom McCarthy, MS, ATC and Paul Manwaring, MS, ATC. The athletic training staff consists of board certified athletic trainers and athletic training students with EMT-B certification. Pirog, BS ’81, has served as the head athletic trainer for the Blue Devils since 1996. She is in her 25th year overall with the University, serving her first 11 years as a full-time assistant under Carl Krein, ATC, PT. Pirog played a major role in and was the primary designer for the Carl F. Krein Athletic Training Center, which is regarded by many as the top athletic training center in the state. Serving in a dual role, Pirog holds the rank of associate professor in the Department of Physical Education & Human Performance, where she teaches athletic training courses and serves as an approved clinical instructor in the Athletic Training Education Program. In May 2008, she was selected as an honorary member of the CT Orthopedic Society. Pirog can also be credited with obtaining national accreditation of the Athletic Training Education program in 2000, when she served as the curriculum program director. Pirog is the faculty advisor to the students’ athletic training club and is a past President of the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association (CATA). She is also a former Secretary/Treasurer for the Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association. McCarthy, a graduate of Central (BS ’90, MS ’94), began his tenure at CCSU in 1996. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education & Human Performance where he teaches athletic training courses and serves as the clinical coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program. McCarthy is also a past President of the CATA and co-chaired the licensure committee, where he was instrumental in securing licensure of athletic trainers in the state. Both McCarthy and Pirog are past recipients of the CATA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. Manwaring is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (’95) and received his master’s degree from Central in 1999, where he worked as a graduate assistant in the athletic training department. Manwaring’s full-time appointment as an athletic trainer began in 2003 and he also serves as an approved clinical instructor for the Athletic Training Education Program. He is the Past-President of the CATA. Manwaring, along with McCarthy and Pirog, have co-authored numerous articles and presented their works relating to sports medicine at state, regional, and national conferences. Robert Waskowitz, MD is the senior team physician for intercollegiate athletics and also serves as the medical director to the Athletic Training Education Program at CCSU. He is a third generation doctor, as well as the third generation to practice as a team physician at CCSU. Now in his 10th year working with the Blue Devils, Robert is board certified, completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Colorado and is a highly respected orthopedic surgeon in New Britain. Additionally, he is an orthopedic consultant to the ESPN X-Games and Great Outdoor Games. Continuing with the CCSU medical team for his fifth year is Jeffrey Brown, MD. Brown is the Director of Sports Medicine at Hartford Medical Group and is Board Certified in both Family and Sports Medicine. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and his Sports Medicine Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. The Carl Krein Athletic Training Center is named in honor of CCSU’s retired head athletic trainer, who served in that capacity for 30 years. Krein established a nationallyrespected athletic training curriculum at CCSU and was inducted into the CCSU Hall of Fame in 1995. He is a former U.S. Olympic athletic trainer, serving in the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. In June of 2001, Krein received the highest honor obtainable in his profession when he was inducted as a member of the National Athletics Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame. The Carl Krein Athletic Training Center was dedicated in 1998 and services both the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Department of Physical Education & Human Performance. It underwent a makeover this summer. In addition to serving as a health care facility for CCSU athletes, the facility provides a clinical setting for students majoring in athletic training and is utilized as an academic setting for the instruction of athletic training courses. The athletic training facility boasts over 3,000 square feet including areas for: hydrotherapy, rehabilitation, cardiovascular conditioning, evaluation, treatment, and a spacious taping area.
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The Waskowitz Family Physician’s Room and Academic Center, also dedicated in 1998, honors the late Dr. William Waskowitz, and his late father, Dr. David Waskowitz. Both doctors served as team physicians of CCSU athletics and are members of CCSU’s Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame.
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