WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Sports Medicine Department has officially announced the hiring of Emily Badal, who becomes USJ's first-ever Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. In addition to her work and time served in the Sports Medicine Department, Badal will also work closely with USJ's Nutrition Department run by Dr. Melissa Brown.
Badal will be responsible for assisting Head Athletic Trainer Megan Bosworth and Assistant Athletic Trainer Matthew Madison to provide coverage, treatment, and rehabilitation programs for all of USJ's student-athletes in the Athletic Training room and at practices and competitions. Additionally, Badal will serve as the primary point of contact housed in Athletics to assist student-athletes with their nutrition and fueling questions and needs.
"We are very excited to welcome Emily to our USJ family," said Bosworth. "Having Emily join our team as an Athletic Training Graduate Assistant while she earns her master's in nutrition will be hugely impactful for our student-athletes. This is a big step in the right direction for USJ Athletics and we're very excited for the future of our department."
Badal comes to USJ after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in May 2020 with a bachelor's in athletic training and minor in wellness. While an undergraduate student, Badal received a lot of hands-on experience at various levels as an Athletic Training Student. Throughout her undergraduate career at SCSU, Badal spent time at Southington High School, Hamden Hall, University of New Haven, and Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League in addition to working with student-athletes at SCSU. Some of her main responsibilities for all of these entities included assessing and evaluating injuries, evaluating and diagnosing concussions, developing and monitoring rehabilitation programs, and applying various taping techniques and therapeutic modalities.
In addition to Badal's work throughout her undergraduate career, she also worked for Campus Recreation at SCSU and was the Scholarship Chairman for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.
About USJ Athletics
University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Athletics is a NCAA Division III member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). The Blue Jays field 15 varsity sports with 200-plus student-athletes. For more information, please visit www.usjbluejays.com.