Credentials: PhD, LAT, ATC
Expertise Areas: Clinical Documentation; AT/Physician Clinical; Concussion Program Development; Governmental Affairs/State Legislation; AT Practice Development
Dr. Ashley Long has been a certified athletic trainer since 2001. She has served as an athletic trainer for various levels of competitive athletes, from high school to semi-professional sport. She currently is the founder and coordinator of the concussion clinic at Mt. Olive Family Medicine Center, a state-designated Rural Health Center. The clinic exists through grant funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She has presented to medical administrators, physicians, health care providers, and legislators on the value of athletic trainers in rural health care.
Ashley is founder and owner of NeuroActive, a concussion education and assessment company. She is also a research consultant with Atrium Health, working in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine. Her research interests include the impact of contact athletics on adolescent athletes’ cognition and mental health. Dr. Long has many years of experience in higher education, teaching in CAATE accredited athletic training programs, and continues to serve as an adjunct professor of athletic training at the master’s and doctoral levels.
Ashley has served the athletic training profession in many ways. She is the founder and coordinator of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Leadership Institute and co-chair of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Committee on Practice Advancement. She recently worked diligently with others to defend licensure for athletic trainers in her state, speaking on behalf of athletic trainers to the joint legislative committee of the general assembly. She has served on NATA’s Committee on Revenue, as well as Committee on Practice Advancement. In 2018 she was awarded the Athletic Trainer of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association.