James Madison University
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Jackie Downar MS, ATC, CES, CSCS

Assistant Athletic Trainer

  • Office: PAPC 110
  • Phone: 540-568-2973
  • Email: downarjm@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 2301
    371 Bluestone Drive
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


Jackie joined the James Madison University Sports Medicine Department Staff as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in August 2006. Jackie's primary clinical responsibility is with the Women's Field Hockey Program. She also provides clinical supervision for Women's Lacrosse. In addition, Jackie is an Approved Clinical Instructor within the Athletic Training Education Program and provides clinical education and evaluation for the undergraduate athletic training students.

Jackie received her undergraduate degree at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in May 2000. She completed her Master's degree in Sports Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in August 2002.

Jackie most recently was the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Texas Pan-American University in Edinburg Texas. There she worked with a variety of their Division 1 sports programs including women's basketball, women's volleyball, and baseball. Jackie is also recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.



  • On May 20, 2015, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance announced that the CAATE Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs will be changed to require that professional programs be at the master’s degree level.  James Madison University is dedicated to meet this accreditation requirement in order to continue providing excellent education to produce strong athletic training health care providers.  Our transition to the master’s degree has begun and will influence students entering JMU as freshman in the fall 2018 semester and thereafter.  These students should refer to information on our Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

    For students who entered JMU in the fall of 2017 or are considering transferring to the University, please note the last admission cycle to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program will occur in spring 2019. Students who have completed all required AT courses and general education courses by the end of the 2019 first summer session are eligible to submit their admission application in April 2019.  Admission decisions will be made in July 2019 once the first summer session is complete.  All future students will need to apply to the Master of Science Program.  The final cohort of students seeking the BSAT degree will graduate in May 2021.


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