Meg Frens ’96 is the program director and clinical education coordinator for the athletic training education program at Hope College as well as a professor of athletic training and exercise science. She supervises students in the clinical setting while acting as athletic trainer to over 20 collegiate sports teams at Hope.

Meg enjoys the component of returning the physically active population back to their desired level of activity after injury and illness.

Areas of Expertise

Meg is certified as an American Red Cross Instructor and in Graston technique. She studies osteopathic manipulation and other soft tissue techniques in order to facilitate an earlier return to pain free activity in athletes.

Meg is an exam item writer for the Board of Certification for Athletic Training and as served as a model and examiner for the exam. She is also the co-chair for the Focused Testlet Committee.

She has also served as Chair for the Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society Professional Education Committee and was on the committee for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association.


  • M.S., athletic training, Indiana University, 1997
  • B.A., kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training and biology minor, Hope College, 1996

Awards and Grants

  • GLATA Presidential Award of Excellence, 2011
  • PURE Grant, Hope College, fall 2010
  • CrossRoads Grant — $4,400 for senior seminar course development with Eva Dean Folkert titled "Family, Faith and Calling: Directions and Journeys"; course began spring 2007

Presentations and Educational Sesssions

  • "Study Schmudy… What do I need to do to be successful on the BOC Exam? and Ethics Panel Discussion," GLATA Student Symposium, 2015
  • “When I do this, what do you see?” MATS Student Symposium, GVSU, 2013
  • AED and crisis management instruction, Kelloggsville High School (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 2013
  • Guest speaker, Social Sciences Collaborative Research Colloquium, Hope College, 2010
  • “Pilates and Swiss Ball Use in Rehabilitation”, GLATA Student Educational Program, 2010
  • Guest speaker for Ball State University class topic on spine rehabilitation via webcast, Lisa Jutte (professor), 2008
  • Guest speaker/presenter, Careers in the Sciences, developed by Tod Gugino, 2008, 2009
  • “Pilates and Functional Rehabilitation,” MATS Annual Meeting, 2008
  • “BOC Exam Changes,” GLATA Student Educational Program, 2006
  • Athletic Training Education and Profession, Career Day, Jenison Middle School (Michigan), 2006
  • “BOC Written Simulation and OP Tactics,” GLATA Student Educational Program, 2005
  • “Identifying a spleen injury in a collegiate football player,” GLATA, 2004
  • Career Day, MSAD #60, Noble High School (Berwick, Maine), 2000
  • Career Day, Windham High School (Windham Maine), 2001
  • “Injuries to the Wrist and Hand,” Esther Geissel Student Athletic Trainer Workshop, Hope College, 1999


  • “Composing a Career in Athletic Training,” Praeger Handbook of Sports Medicine and Athlete Health, 2011
  • PowerPoint textbook files, Fundamentals of Sports Injury Management, 2nd Ed., 2003
  • "Improving proprioception following lower extremity injury," Athletic Therapy Today, 1998
  • "Cervical spine motion in football players during three airway exposure techniques," (supplement to Journal of Athletic Training) July 1997; JATA, 2002

outside the College

Meg has three children, Sam, Nora and Paige; her husband Rick ’98 is a middle school principal. As a family, they enjoy playing games, visiting with family and friends, taking short trips, going to the beach and will start camping this summer. Margaret enjoys gardening, reading and DIY projects when she has the time.

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