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Athletic Training at Purdue:
Rich in History and Reputation

William E. "Pinky" Newell
William E. "Pinky" Newell
Purdue Athletic Trainer, 1949-1976

Purdue University has a long and rich history in health care for the student-athlete and in athletic training education. William E. "Pinky" Newell was the Purdue 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.



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Purdue University 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 specialists in Lafayette/West Lafayette and Indianapolis. With a staff of 15 athletic trainers and more than 20 physicians and other health science professionals, the Purdue student-athlete's health is well cared for.

Purdue attracts some of the finest athletic trainers in the country. The 10 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. Athletic trainers on the Purdue staff also teach courses in the athletic training program.

Every Purdue sport has its own staff athletic trainer, along with a complement 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.