In recognition of National Athletic Training Month, all accredited Kansas Athletic Training Education Programs (ATEP) participated in a student letter writing competition during March. For the fifth time in as many years, the Southwestern College ATEP won the award for top participation. Each of the five years 100% of SC’s ATEP students participated in the competition.
The letters are sent to legislators in the students’ home states to help educate them on the profession of athletic training. This year students sent letters to members of the House of Representatives and Senate from their home states.
“As future professionals I think it’s important for our students to recognize their role in growing our field of athletic training,” says Lisa Braun, director of athletic training education at Southwestern. “Athletic trainers work with many different populations, in many different settings. We not only work with the athletic population, but also in police and fire departments and the military and industrial settings to name a few.”
According to Braun, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has pegged athletic training as one of the fastest growing areas through 2018. (www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm#industry.)
Athletic trainers are licensed in most states. Licensure requires graduation from a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and successfully passing the National Board of Certification exam.
Athletic trainers from Southwestern who participated in the letter-writing campaign included Laken Campbell, Tiffany Rodgers, Mallorie Coffman, Jamiee Grinstaff, Grant Trembly, Allyssa Zentner, Caitlin Hays, Courtney Hornback, and Mandy Watson.
This year’s theme for National Athletic Training Month was “Everybody Needs an Athletic Trainer.”
“Athletic trainers are instrumental in decreasing catastrophic injuries and deaths due to heat illness, head injuries, cardiac conditions, and other medical problems,” Braun says.