Twenty-two high school students from Missouri and Illinois visited William Woods University recently to learn firsthand what it takes to become a certified athletic trainer.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association defines “certified athletic trainer” as “a unique health care provider who specializes in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.”
The daylong event Feb. 20 was WWU’s third annual high school athletic training student workshop. Students met in the Center for Human Performance on campus to learn essential skills for athletic trainers by participating in workshops, lectures and activities.
March is National Athletic Training Month, and another athletic training event is planned for Saturday (March 6). WWU will host the first Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Collegiate Quiz Bowl Competition. Teams from seven of the state’s 11 accredited athletic training education programs will compete from 1 to 3 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
WWU, Central Methodist University, Lindenwood University, Missouri Valley College, Culver-Stockton College, Southeast Missouri State University and Missouri State University will compete in a Jeopardy-style format. The winning team will move on to the district quiz bowl March 27-28 in Columbia.
During the recent high school athletic training student workshop, the students’ agenda included a variety of topics, such as evaluating injuries, splitting and taping techniques for hands and wrists, ergogenic aids commonly used and how to handle dental injuries.
Guest speaker Jill Gamlin led participants in hands-on activities to familiarize them with assessing athletic injuries of the ankle. Gamlin is a certified and licensed athletic trainer and physical therapist and owner of Atlas Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Fulton.
Anthony Lungstrum, William Woods University athletic training education program director, and Cindy Robb, WWU athletic training instructor, discussed topics that athletic trainers face on a regular basis. Students in the athletic training program also offered participants insight on being a student in the athletic training education program.
“The High School Athletic Training Student Workshop is designed to give students who are interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to be successful in achieving their goal of the ATC credential,” said Lungstrum.
“It allows us to show them the type of information and skills that they will be exposed to in an accredited athletic training education program and during their professional career.”
Earlier in the month, athletic training students attended the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Capitol Day, an opportunity for athletic trainers in Missouri to meet with state legislators. There are two pieces of legislation currently under consideration that directly affect athletic trainers in Missouri. Cindy Robb accompanied WWU athletic training students Katie Buehrle, Anna Casaleggi, Staci Gray, Lauren Soukup and Jordan Locke.
Blair Haskamp (left) of Moberly and Ethan Martin of South Callaway High School work to form an aquaplast into a thumb splint.
Webster Groves High School students (left to right) Conor Voight, Joe Noce and Clay Sharp practice assessing an ankle injury.
WWU athletic training student Sara Pinkston (center) provides assistance to Jessica Muskopf of Columbia, Ill. (left) and Kimmy Micotto of Webster Groves High School.