Ron Courson was named Director of Sports Medicine in May of 1995, after serving four years as Director of Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the Alabama staff in 1991, he served as an athletic trainer/physical therapist with Samford University and Healthsouth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree in education/physical education from Samford University, performed two years of graduate work at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and graduated with honors from the Medical College of Georgia with a degree in physical therapy. A native of Birmingham, Courson is additionally a national registered emergency medical technician-intermediate as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Courson has been involved in many athletic training activities including work as an athletic trainer with the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea; 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle; 1987 World University Games in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He served as the chief athletic trainer for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials as well as the chief athletic trainer for track and field for the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games (ACOG).
Ron is active in his profession, having served as the president of the Southeastern Conference Sports Medicine Committee and currently is chairman of the College and University Athletic Trainers' Committee of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. During his tenure at Alabama, he served as president of the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association and as chairman of the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers. He is the liaison for the National Athletic Trainers Association to the American Football Coaches Association.
Ron serves as an adjunct instructor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Georgia, teaching in the athletic training education program. He also serves as a clinical instructor teaching student physical therapists from the Medical College of Georgia, Emory University and Armstrong Atlantic State University. He is active in research and education in the field of sports medicine, having authored a textbook, "Athletic Training Emergency Care," a number of professional papers and text chapters and presents frequently at regional and national sports medicine meetings.