R. Mark Laursen MS, ATC
R. Mark Laursen, MS, ATC, was announced as Boston University's Director of Athletic Training Services in June 2008. At that time, he was also named a Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training in BU's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Laursen has served in numerous capacities at the University since 1983. He has previously worked at BU as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, an Athletic Trainer, working closely with the men's basketball, football and wrestling programs, an Interim Head Athletic Trainer, Coordinator of Clinical Education, and Interim Director of Programs in Athletic Training in Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Laursen has authored and contributed to numerous publications, has made more than 90 presentations, and is a reviewer for Journal of Athletic Training, and Athletic Training Education Journal. His research and practice interests include professional and post-professional athletic training education, clinical education, transition to practice, and non-orthopedic conditions.
In 2016, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) named him the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, he and colleagues won the Journal of Athletic Training's Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement and the College Athletic Trainer Society’s Quality of Life Award. In 2013 he was named the Massachusetts Athletic Trainer of the Year, and in 2011 he and colleagues were recognized by the Athletic Training Education Journal for Outstanding Research Manuscript. He received the NATA Service Award in 2009. In 2007 he was named NCAA Division IAA National Head Athletic Trainer of the year and the Award for Outstanding Service by Boston University's Office of Residential Life.
Laursen’s volunteer service includes acting as the NATA’s representative on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), where he served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Past-President. He has served on numerous NATA and CAATE committees and recently was a member of the NATA Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee. He has also volunteered as an athletic trainer at numerous sporting events including the Boston Marathon, NCAA championships for men's basketball, men's ice hockey, women’s ice hockey and wrestling, and U.S. Figure Skating and Gymnastics Championships. Laursen is engaged in his community as a Faculty-in-Residence at BU and for the last 14 years has volunteered at the Boston area Goodwill. In 2016, he was Boston’s Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries nominee for the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards an award that honors community volunteers throughout New England.
A 1983 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Laursen majored in Health Education and minored in Athletic Training and was named Outstanding Intern in Health Education his senior year. He earned his Master of Science degree in 1986 from Canisius College.