Aimee Struk, a 1995 Florida graduate, enters her second season as the Gator women’s basketball athletic trainer, having joined the staff in July 2006. Struk is responsible for the daily care, as well prevention and rehabilitation of student-athletes’ injuries in the basketball program.
Prior to her return to Gainesville, Struk served as the Head Athletic Trainer for Women’s Sports at Virginia Commonwealth University for nearly seven years. In that role, her responsibilities included primary coverage of the women’s basketball team as well as duties in the overall operations of the training room. She served as the medical coordinator for the 2000 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Final Four, the 2000 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball East Regional and the 2000 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship.
While at VCU, Struk was an adjunct faculty member in the school’s Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. During that time, she served as an Approved Clinical Instructor for undergraduate students enrolled in the CAAHEP-approved athletic training education program, in addition to teaching various courses.
Before her stint at Virginia Commonwealth, Struk worked for two years as an athletic trainer at University of Virginia-HealthSouth, where she designed rehabilitation programs for orthopedic sports medicine patients. During that time, she doubled as the head athletic trainer at Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, Va.
Before beginning her full-time career, Struk served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Virginia, where she covered the Cavaliers’ women’s soccer and track and field teams. She earned a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in sports medicine/athletic training in 1997.
She also completed internships at Wake Forest University and Lee Memorial Health Systems/Riverwalk Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic between January 1995 and May 1996.
Struk was certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 1995. In 1994, she was awarded the Gainesville Sports Organizing Committee’s Certificate of Distinguished Service.