Professor Kevin Henry is an Athletic Training instructor, teaching courses such as Intro to Athletic Training, First Aid & CPR, Therapeutic Exercise, and Human Anatomy & Physiology. He is entering his fifth year as a faculty member at Marist.
What generated your interest in Athletic Training? Did you play sports growing up?
I became interested in physical therapy and health professions as early as middle school and as I went through high school, I determined that athletic training might be the best fit to serve my interests in both health care and athletics. I played several sports growing up but I didn’t excel enough to continue playing at the college level.
How did you get involved with teaching at Marist? What do you love the most about teaching here?
I am a 2005 graduate of Marist with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training as a member of only the second class of students ever to come through Marist with that degree. Upon earning my Master’s in Education, I was hired at Marist as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Department of Athletics in 2009 and was asked to serve as an adjunct lecturer over the course of my years as a clinical athletic trainer. I continued to lecture until I was hired as a full-time faculty member in 2012.
At Marist, I find that I am surrounded by colleagues that support me as a growing professional, our program, and our students. The students in my courses are generally self-motivated and determined to succeed in their courses and beyond, so it makes my job as an instructor much more rewarding when I can share my passion with students that share the same interests.
Are there any specific injuries you focus on or are most familiar with?
I’ve worked with a wide variety of different athletes as a clinical athletic trainer; however, most of my team coverage has been with soccer, basketball, and baseball. Because the demands of those three sports specifically are vastly different, I’ve been able to assess and treat an immense range of injuries from acute joint dislocations to chronic tendinitis. I would say though that I have the most experience and familiarity with treating muscle strains and sprains since they are among the most common athletic injuries.
How does the Athletic Training program at Marist make it unique from other colleges?
The success of the students that graduate from our program should be highlighted, as we have maintained a 100% first-time pass rate on the national credentialing exam over the past three cohorts of graduating students. This is well above the national average for athletic training students and is particularly noteworthy because our program is barely 10 years old. I think that our small class sizes allow for students to develop close relationships with each other and with their faculty members, and provide them with research and internship opportunities that may not be available at many other programs.
What is your favorite part about the Marist community?
There is something special about our community that you feel when you walk across campus, and it’s the same feeling that I had a student many years ago. Marist works tirelessly to encourage students to strive for their goals while trying to create and develop new experiences during their time here, whether that means joining a club or activity or participating in an international program.
Why should students take an interest in Athletic Training?
Athletic training is a dynamic branch of sports medicine that involves prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The scope of our practice continues to grow and expand, right along with many other health professions, and we are producing high-quality research to support the efficacy of our techniques. In addition to the athletics setting, we are now found practicing in physician’s offices, industrial plants, law enforcement, performing arts venues, and the military.
What is your favorite classroom moment or something you’re exceptionally proud of?
Commencement is a particularly proud and exciting day for me because it is a public demonstration to celebrate the tremendous achievements of our students. Our program has a reputation for academic rigor and requires hundreds of hours of clinical field experience, so it’s rewarding for me to see our students progress through our program to complete their degree. Additionally, we have a very high job placement rate and many of our graduates have progressed on to earn graduate degrees.
What is one thing about yourself that you would like a prospective student to know?
I like to present myself as an approachable instructor for students to feel comfortable speaking with. Fortunately, all athletic training students will take one of my courses in their freshman year so I am afforded the opportunity to develop a relationship with each student early in their college career. Even outside of my office hours, I try to be accessible with my door open as often as possible to try to meet students that need assistance or advice. It’s always my hope that if a student feels that I’m willing to work hard to support them, then they will return that same effort in the classroom.
What is something that you hope your students take away from their time working with and learning from you?
I always hope that students learn to be willing to experience something new and to be passionate about their path. I try to instill excitement and encouragement in the classroom because I think that helps to build passion and enthusiasm about the course material. College is the ideal time for a student to experience new adventures and to explore new people and fresh ways of thinking, so I want students to learn to embrace all of the opportunities that Marist has for them.
Written by Adriana Belmonte '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Faculty
Major: Athletic Training
Academic School: Science
Campus: New York