Ian Rogol, Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Mary Washington (UMW), has been elected into the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association (VATA) Hall of Fame, Class of 2018. This award recognizes VATA members for going above and beyond in his/her dedication and service to benefit the athletic training profession in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Recipients must have a minimum of 20 years of service to the profession and be a member of the VATA for a minimum of 5 years. Mr. Rogol has served UMW since 2010. Prior to 2010 he worked as Head Athletic Trainer at Charlottesville High School (2002-2009) and Louisa County High School (1996-2001).
Previously, Rogol was a 2016 recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Service Award. This award recognizes the NATA member for her/his positive contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. In 2012 he received the College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year award from the VATA, recognizing an individual employed in the College/University setting who serves as an advocate for the profession, exhibits exemplary leadership skills and an unmatched work ethic.
Rogol's dedication to the student athlete became obvious early in his career at Louisa County High School. He was the first full time athletic trainer hired by the school and he established the program. He started mentoring students who wanted to become involved in healthcare professions. He increased communication with the student athletes, coaching staff, administration and parents. This dedication continued with his employment at Charlottesville High School (first full time employed ATC) and UMW.
Mr. Rogol's volunteer work began as a member of the Virginia High School League Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He served from 1998-2009 and was a member of the VATA Secondary School Committee (1998-2005). He then became the Region III Representative to the VATA serving from 2001-2012. He served as the District III representative to the Public Relations Committee for NATA. Rogol was Chair of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee of the VATA from 2004-2008 and a long- time member of the VATA Annual Meeting and Site Evaluation Committee. He has recently completed two terms as Treasurer of the VATA (2011-2016).
Since arriving at UMW, he has served as Chair of the Capital Athletic Conference Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (2011-2014). He has established the athletic training room as an affiliate site for the Biology and Psychology departments for the Experimental Learning Program and serves as a preceptor for the George Mason University and Shenandoah University nationally accredited athletic training programs. In addition, he has worked with local secondary school Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.
Rogol has made numerous presentations to athletic training groups as well as other medical professionals. He has spoken on the topics of concussions, appropriate medical coverage for athletic events, and on the field care of the spine injured athlete. He has worked closely with local EMS providers, orthopedists, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. Locally he has presented at the Orthopedic Special Clinic and Fredericksburg Area Sports Medicine conference on ulnar collateral ligament sprains in throwing athletes. Additionally, he has provided several interviews to local newspapers on the subjects of heat and hydration, ankle sprains, supplements and athletes, and concussion in athletes.
He has published research in the Journal of Athletic Training on "Open and closed chain exercises improve shoulder joint reposition sense in Healthy Subjects".
Rogol graduated from James Madison University in 1994 with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology. He became certified as an athletic trainer in 1995 and subsequently received his Master of Education from the University of Virginia in 1996.
Mr. Rogol received the award January 6, 2018 during the Annual Meeting of the VATA at the Kingsmill resort in Williamsburg, VA.