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Michelle Bensman Named New Athletic Trainer at Clemson

Michelle Bensman Named New Athletic Trainer at Clemson

July 9, 2007

CLEMSON, SC – Michelle Bensman has been selected to join the Clemson Athletic Department as an athletic trainer, Director of Sports Medicine Danny Poole announced Monday. Bensman recently earned her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina.

While working on her Master’s at Chapel Hill, Bensman served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, covering the women’s soccer and softball teams, youth camps, and intramural sporting events. She also supervised a clinical rotation of undergraduate students in the athletic training program.

In the summer of 2006, Bensman worked with the UNC girls’ soccer camps. She also worked with the Dynasty Goalkeeping Academy in Chapel Hill, providing athletic training coverage, ordering medical supplies, and record-keeping.

Prior to Chapel Hill, Bensman worked at Ohio University in Athens, OH as a student athletic trainer from 2001 to 2005. She covered intercollegiate and club athletics while assisting the staff athletic trainer with treatment, rehabilitation, practice and game coverage, and had some travel responsibility with assigned teams.

Along with athletic training experience, Bensman also has teaching experience. In 2004, she was a Teaching Assistant at Ohio University for CPR, First Aid, and Orthopedic Evaluation of Athletic Injuries. Starting in 2005, she taught Beginning Jogging and Beginning Volleyball at UNC. Most recently, she was a Teaching Assistant for Human Anatomy.

As a graduate student at UNC, Bensman earned the Smith Grant award for thesis research funding. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University in 2005, with a double major in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology.

While at Ohio, she was named to the Dean’s List and received the Ohio University Presidential Scholarship for four years. In 2003, she received the Dr. Phillip Woodworth Scholarship Endowment for athletic training. In 2004, she received the James G. Burkhouse Memorial Scholarship for athletic training and the Alan Hart Athletic Training Endowment.

Bensman’s current certifications include Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Athletic Trainer, Approved Clinical Instructor, American Red Cross Certified: Professional Rescuer, First Aid, CPR, and AED, and Performance Enhancement Specialist. She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association, North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association, the South Carolina Athletic Training Association, and the National Athletic Trainers Association.