Emory Sports Medicine is proud to support Decatur Athletics as the official medical provider for the Decatur Bulldogs! Through this partnership, an Emory certified athletic trainer works with the Decatur Athletics program on a daily basis to provide specialized orthopedic and sports medicine needs. Certified athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and return to play progression for athletic injuries.
Meet Your Trainer
Bethany Wood’s interest in the field of Sports Medicine began as a high school student. She joined the Athletic Training Club at her high school when she was a Junior as an opportunity to avoid carrying a very large and heavy drum for Marching Band. She was able to continue participation in Concert Band, while also developing an interest in the daily and emergency care of the Football and Wrestling athletes.
The summer following Bethany’s Junior year, she attended an Athletic Training Camp at Northern Illinois University (NIU), so it was only natural for her to continue her education as an Athletic Training major at the university when she graduated high school in 2013. By December 2016, Bethany Wood completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training at NIU after completing an internship with Midwest Orthopaedic Institute (MOI). She sat for the Board of Certification exam shortly after to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Bethany continued her education in emergency care by completing an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course at a local community college while also working with physical therapists in a clinic setting.
Since the winters are long and cold in Illinois, Bethany looked south for an opportunity to complete her Master’s. She entered into a Graduate Assistantship with Life University in Marietta, GA in June 2017. For 2 years, Bethany provided care to the athletes of Life while completing course work at the university for her Master’s in Sport Health Sciences. In August 2019, she graduated and began in her current position with Emory Sports Medicine as an Outreach Athletic Trainer.