::african-american athletic training pioneer:: marsha grant-ford, atc, phd

First African-American Female Certified Athletic Trainer

Dr. Marsha L. Grant Ford, a Philadelphia native, is currently an assistant professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls and East Stroudsburg University, the University of Virginia, and Temple University for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, respectively. Her research interests are injury pathology, gymnastic injuries, and culturally competent athletic heath care. She has been a certified athletic trainer and an athletic training educator, teaching all aspects of athletic injury management and prevention, for over 25 years. Grant Ford has worked as a clinician at the high school, collegiate, national levels and at the international levels with women's lacrosse and basketball. She has traveled extensively with USA basketball and was selected as an athletic trainer for gymnastics and basketball at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Marsha Grant Ford has over 20 years of experience as the Head Athletic Trainer at International Gymnastics Camp with campers, elite gymnasts and international competitors and recently was selected to be a member of the athletic training staff at the 2001 USA men's and women's gymnastic championships. She holds a credential as a radiologic technologist with experience as an assistant chief technologist in computerized tomography (CT) at a level I trauma center, pediatric CT, and general radiography. She has also taught, coached and officiated high school field hockey and lacrosse, and continues to enjoy playing lacrosse and USTA team tennis.

Marsha and her husband, also, an athletic trainer, are raising a four year old future fire fighter and two shelties. In her spare time she dabbles in web page design, gardening, works with stained glass, and learns about the latest in firetrucks.

Interested in speaking with Dr. Grant-Ford personally? She is a member of the EDAC mentoring program. Click here to contact Dr. Grant-Ford.

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