Athletic Training

Trainers work closely with our student athletes to help prevent injuries and help them return to action safely and as quickly as possible.

Sports Medicine

We are very proud of our Sports Medicine program. Our certified athletic trainer cares for our student-athletes, evaluating and preventing injuries and rehabilitating injured athletes in coordination with their own physicians.

In addition, our athletic trainer is accessible during practice and games to assist athletes in case of injury and they keep records on individual athletes, their injuries and treatments.

Current DWS students who have an interest in sports medicine are on the sidelines at games helping the athletic trainer and gaining hands-on experience. By participating as a student athletic trainer they learn to prevent, recognize, treat and rehabilitate athletic injuries.

Meet our Sports Medicine Staff

Jeff Tanner, ATC

Jeff is a native of Albany, Georgia and received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Valdosta State University. While earning his M.Ed in Exercise and Sports Science at The University of Georgia, he served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with the football and baseball teams. Once completing his degree he became a full time member of the the UGA Athletic Training Staff. Jeff is now employed by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Jeff is a certified and licensed member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association and the Georgia Board of Athletic trainers. He is also certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist. His specialty areas include sports medicine, rehab of knee injuries and community wellness.

Team Physician


Phoebe Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine