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Hope offers one of the finest athletic training programs in the nation, with courses and clinical experience accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Athletic training majors work with Hope’s 18 intercollegiate athletic teams, in addition to off-campus clinical rotations in various health care environments.


2015-16 Athletic Training Students and Faculty


Athletic Training Information




Athletic Training Student, Cara Conrad, Receives NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship

The senior from St. Joseph, Mich. (Michigan Lutheran HS), will receive a one-time, $7,500 nonrenewable award to use during the 2014-15 academic year. Conrad, an athletic training student, also will be given an all-expenses paid trip to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum on June 5-8 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Ind.

Conrad plans to use the NCAA grant toward graduate school for physical therapy.

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Professor Kirk Brumels Featured In News From Hope, "A Higher Calling"

Sense of calling brought Dr. Kirk Brumels back to his alma mater to serve as program director of athletic training education and associate professor of kinesiology.Read more.



Kirk Brumels Inducted into
Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame

Dr. Kirk Brumels, associate professor of kinesiology and program director of athletic training education at Hope College, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS).

Brumels, a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and licensed Michigan athletic trainer, has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2001. He had previously spent more than a decade as an athletic trainer with the New England Patriots.

He has been active with MATS in a variety of ways, including as president during 2011 and 2012, president-elect in 2009-10, and as chair of the Professional Education Committee during 2007 and 2008.  His current involvement includes serving as Michigan state representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA).

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Research Celebration, Spring 2013


The Hope College AT program was well represented at the 2013 Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance held at the DeVos Fieldhouse on April 12th, 2013. Seven different students participated with faculty mentors on six projects and presented their research or case study findings in the form of a poster presentation during this prestigious event. The students who participated are (pictured above from left); Sophomore, Brooke Dippel, Junior, Rachel Slotman, Seniors, Jordan Ashdown, Zach Johnson, Pete Aune, Jordan Meyers, and Junior, Riley Hoernschemeyer. 


Dr. Casa's Campus Lecture and Lab


Hope College AT program students participated in a heat illness preparedness drill/lab with Dr. Doug Casa, the foremost expert on exertional heat stroke research and care. Dr. Casa was in Holland as a lecturer for the Hope College Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine and was able to extend his stay to interact with students and staff regarding this and other issues related to youth sports safety. Dr. Casa is an exceptional instructor and researcher who exemplifies the idea of evidence based medicine. Dr. Casa has been involved in several multi-professional task forces that have created "best practice" policies, guidelines, and recommendations surrounding prevention of sudden death in athletes. Many of these policies are based on his research.


Athletic Training Faculty Publish Chapters

kirkrichDr. Kirk Brumels and Dr. R. Richard Ray of the Hope College faculty are among the experts who have co-authored chapters in the new textbook “Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy,” published earlier this year by Human Kinetics.






The Hope College AT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Hope was initially accredited in 1998 and has received its last accreditation in 2010 with the next accreditation cycle process taking place in 2020-2021. For more information on CAATE, please visit their website at



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