Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Benjamin M. Towne M.A., A.T.C.



Costello Sports Complex - 220 Field House

Office Hours Fall 2014

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Tues/Thurs or by appointment

Contact Information

Phone: 207-228-8104


Western Michigan University         
Masters of Arts Physical Education
Specialization in Athletic Training

Lyndon State College                      
Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine
Concentration in Athletic Training

Professional Experience

Ben Towne serves as ATP Clinical Coordinator & Faculty at the University of Southern Maine. Towne has treated a variety of athletes at the recreational, high school, collegiate and Olympic level.  He has extensive experience educating undergraduate students and providing athletic training services to the physically active.  He has served on the International Committee of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA), and continues to serve as NATA liaison to the Canadian Athletic Therapist’s Association.  He travels extensively, leading USM athletic training students twice yearly to the Dominican Republic to practice international service learning and provide care for those less fortunate. He also serves as athletic trainer for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Teams on the World Cup Tour, most recently providing medical coverage during the 2013 season in Sochi, Russia. He has presented on multiple occasions at the state and national level on service learning in athletic training. He was voted the 2011 USM Outstanding Faculty Involvement Award and was also a recipient of the 2011 Maine Campus Compact Donald Harward Award for Service Learning Excellence. 

Research Interests

Professional Presentations:

2010:  “International Service Learning in Athletic Training Education: An Update”  National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia. Philadelphia, PA (Invited Speaker).

2010:  “Promoting Ethnic Diversity Awareness via Cultural Immersion” National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia. Philadelphia, PA (Poster Presentation).

2009: “Science of Athletic Footwear” Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Annual Symposia.  Rockland, ME (Invited Speaker).

2009:  “Supplying Approved Clinical Instructors with Portable Electrical Nerve Stimulators to Evaluate Electrotherapy Proficiency Skills in the Clinical Setting” National Athletic Trainers’ Educators Conference.  Washington, DC (Poster Presentation).

2008:  “International Service Learning in Athletic Training Education” National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia. St. Louis, MO  (Invited Speaker).

2007:  “Assessing Proficiencies in the Clinical Setting Results in Positive Student Outcomes” National Athletic Trainers’ Educators Conference, Dallas, TX (Poster Presentation).

2007:  Maine Athletic Training Student Symposium Director “Core Strength, Stability & Rehabilitation” University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME.



2011:  Most Outstanding Faculty Involvement Award, University of Southern Maine

2011:  Harward Faculty Award for Service Learning Excellence, Maine Campus Compact

2010: Centers for Technology and Education Learning Gadgets, Gear & Gurus Grant, University of Southern Maine

2010: Centers for Technology and Educational Learning Web Development Grant, “Online Course Development: History of Athletic Training” University of Southern Maine

2009:  OA Centers for Orthopaedics MATA Professional Scholarship, “Promoting International Service Learning in Athletic Training Education”

2008: Maine Athletic Trainers’ Association Mike Linkovich Grant, “Pursuing Athletic Training Education in the Dominican Republic” 

2008:  University of Southern Maine CONHP Faculty Service Award

2006:  University of Southern Maine Center for Teaching Community Building Grant: “Medical Volunteers for Boston Marathon”

Recent Publications

2012: “Merging Athletic Training & Nursing Clinical Education: An Interdisciplinary International Service-Learning Model” Groupwork I November 2012  (Primary Author)

2010: “Service Learning in Athletic Training: It’s About Time” Athletic Training Education Journal Volume 5 | Issue 4 | October 181-182. (Primary Author)

Faculty Research

In this video highlighting faculty research at USM, Dr. Christopher Scott discusses his research regarding consumption of oxygen during exercise.

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