Assistant Athletic Trainer
Chris Johnston enters his first season as an athletic trainer at West Virginia, where he works with the volleyball and baseball teams.
Johnston arrived in Morgantown in 2014 after spending the previous year at TCU. While with the Horned Frogs, he coordinated long-term rehabilitation for the baseball, basketball and soccer programs in addition to assisting with football. At this time, Johnston also worked with the Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Clinic, where he focused on UCL injury research. He also coordinated and implemented a motion capture system to asses throwing mechanics and techniques for baseball pitchers. Johnston assisted with a plethora of different patient rehabilitation programs, ranging from young adolescents to collegiate and professional athletes. He was also a teaching assistant at both TCU and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Prior to his time in Fort Worth, Johnston spend two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Toledo Medical Center. During this time, he served as the head athletic trainer at Roy C. Start High School where he was responsible for the daily evaluation, prevention, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Johnston also assisted local physicians with coordination of annual pre-participation physicals and served as a clinical preceptor to undergraduate athletic training students, assigning daily responsibilities.
Johnston served as a student assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2009-2011. He assisted the Tar Heels’ athletic training staff with the daily care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Johnston assisted with the football, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and softball programs and gained additional clinical experience at nearby Meredith College, where he worked with cross country, softball, soccer, basketball.
A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Johnston earned a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science – Athletic Training from North Carolina in 2011 and went on to graduate with a Master of Science in Exercise Science from Toledo in 2013. He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Board and the Texas Athletic Training Board and is an approved CAATE Clinical Preceptor as well as an American Red Cross Professional Rescuer. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association, Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association and South West Athletic Trainers’ Association.