SNU Professor on Medical Staff for Boston Marathon

Southern Nazarene University Professor Sylvia Goodman will be on the medical staff for the eighth consecutive year at the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 15, 2002.

“I am usually stationed in the medical tent at the finish line. Most of the athletes we see are dehydrated and because dehydration causes a loss of ability to maintain body core temperature, a sixty degree day can cause hypothermia for someone out in the weather for three plus hours,” Goodman said.

The Boston Marathon is one of the largest in the world. Depending on the year, the number of athletes running can vary between 20,000 to 35,000. Medical care is provided all along the race route. “It’s very interesting dealing with everyone from the common marathon runner to the professional athlete and people from all over the world. It’s an exciting and unique opportunity,” Goodman said.

“Some years the Boston Marathon is an Olympic qualifier race. Many countries use the Boston Marathon to select who will represent them in the Olympic Marathon. During those years I am also a Drug Control official (drug testing) for the US Olympic Committee,” Goodman said.

“It is really a privilege to be involved. The Boston Marathon is one the greatest single day sporting events in the country. I love getting up early in the morning on the day of the race to catch the subway to Park Street where I walk through the Boston Gardens on the way to the medical facilities to catch the atmosphere of race day,” Goodman said.

Goodman obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and recreation at Taylor University in Indiana, her masters in education at Miami University in Ohio, and her education doctorate at Boston University. After teaching for twenty years at Eastern Nazarene College, she now serves as the SNU Athletic Training Program Director and a professor of kinesiology and sport management.

Goodman leaves April 12, Friday afternoon for her voyage to Massachusetts and will return Tuesday, April 16.