John Lavender joined the Winston-Salem State University Sports Medicine staff in the spring of 2013. In addition to strong knowledge of athletic training as well as a wealth of experience, Lavender also brings a unique perspective and a passion that help ensure the safety, well-being, and athletic performances of the Rams and Lady Rams student-athletes.
Lavender joins the WSSU athletic training staff, following a long and diverse career in the field of athletic training. Throughout his years of experience in the field of athletic training, he has worked with both high school and collegiate athletes in private therapy clinics, and even developed a dance medicine program for performing artists at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He also received the honor of being selected as a member of the athletic training staff for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked with international athletes.
While maintaining his certification and continuing involvement in athletic training, Lavender spent a few years selling orthopedic trauma devices. During this time, observing surgeries and reviewing x-rays provided with him with invaluable experience and a unique perspective regarding orthopedic injuries. After missing the day-to-day practice of athletic training and the satisfaction gained from helping athletes prevent and rehabilitate injuries, he has returned to athletic training and is honored to be a member of the Winston-Salem State University athletic training staff.
Lavender is a 1994 graduate of Elon, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in 1999.