Xavier Head Athletic Trainer Jody Jenike is in her 25th year at Xavier. Jenike is in charge of Xavier's ever-growing sports medicine department for its 18 NCAA Division I sports. Her specific duties include serving as the athletic trainer for volleyball and overseeing the business portion of the sports medicine department.
Jenike has three full-time assistant athletic trainers, including David Fluker, Katie Svihlik and Julie Bertsch. Fluker, the associate head athletic trainer, will be working with the men's basketball team while Svihlik will be with women's basketball and Bertschs covers women's soccer and baseball. An athletic trainer intern primarily covers men's soccer but also lends a hand in covering the track, tennis and swimming teams.
The sports medicine staff must not only examine and treat injuries, but also educate the athlete in prevention techniques. Jenike relies on a long list of generous medical specialists to support her training staff. She and her staff also teach within the Athletic Training Curriculum Education program here at Xavier.
Jenike worked as a United States Olympic Committee staff athletic trainer for the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City covering men's and women's sand volleyball. She also worked as an athletic trainer at the 1996 Olympic Games where she worked the men's and women's field hockey venue. Jenike co-chaired the sports medicine committee for the 1997 Women's Final Four hosted by Xavier. She also participated as a volunteer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1997, where she worked with the men's gymnastics team and the 1997 World Team Trials for the U.S. Judo Team.
A native Cincinnatian, Jenike came to Xavier in 1989 after serving for two years as a graduate assistant in the Temple University Sports Medicine Department. She earned her master's degree in sports medicine from Temple in 1989.
Jenike, who earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of Cincinnati in 1987, was a student athletic trainer while an undergraduate. Jenike resides in Cincinnati.