SAR Professors Honored by Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts

Mark Laursen and Larry Venis Recognized for Outstanding Achievements

Mark-AT-ATOM-Award-The Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM) has honored two members of the BU Sargent College faculty. Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Athletic Training Services Mark Laursen has been named the 2014 Athletic Trainer of the Year, and adjunct faculty member and head athletic trainer Larry Venis was elected to the ATOM Hall of Fame. Both awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession of athletic training, particularly at the state level.

Laursen has served in numerous capacities at the University since 1983 and has consistently demonstrated his commitment and enthusiasm for the profession. He has contributed to several publications, has made more than 40 presentations, and currently is both a member of the Review Committee of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and a reviewer for Athletic Therapy Today. He has visited more than 20 schools’ athletic training programs as an Evaluation Team Member or Team Chair for NATA’s Professional Education Committee, CAAHEP and CAATE. Additionally, he has volunteered as an Athletic Trainer at numerous sporting events including the Boston Marathon, NCAA championships for men’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and wrestling, and U.S. Figure Skating Challenges.

Newly elected ATOM Hall of Fame member Venis was previously awarded ATOM’s 20th Anniversary Service Award in 2003. He has considerable experience working in hockey, having served as the medical coordinator and athletic trainer for the New England Pro-Am Hockey League form, as the medical liaison for the 1990 World Select 16 Hockey Tournament, and as the athletic trainer for the USA Hockey Player Development Program. Additionally, Venis has served as an athletic trainer for the Boston  Marathon since 1986.

Both Laursen and Venis were recognized at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association January 2014 meeting in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The largest organization for athletic trainers in Massachusetts, ATOM is a non-profit organization committed to advancing, improving, and promoting the profession of athletic training.