March is National Athletic Training Month and the Ithaca College Department of Athletics is acknowledging all the members of its athletic training staff on campus throughout the month at home events.
During this month, athletic trainers across the United States will be recognized for their commitment to helping all types of people, not just athletes, with injury prevention and healthy and active lifestyles. There are more than 35,000 members in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) today, a membership of certified athletic trainers founded in 1950. For more information on the NATA, please visit the following – www.nata.org.
At Ithaca, we have eight certified athletic trainers – six directly within athletics – and three graduate assistants that work with all 27 varsity sports and approximately 900 student-athletes.
The College graduates 18 to 20 students each year from the athletic training program. Current students at IC have the opportunity to work with the student-athletes on campus, as well as clinical sites around the Ithaca area – Ithaca High School, Cornell Athletics and the Cornell and IC physical therapy clinics.
Graduates of Ithaca have held careers with the Baltimore Ravens (NFL), the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) to name a few. The former athletic trainer for the Dodgers, Nancy Patterson, was the first female athletic trainer in Major League Baseball history.
Students in the athletic training program has been running promotions throughout the month of March. Their biggest promotion is the “Thank Your AT” wall in the Hill Center that allows members of the IC community to write a note thanking the certified athletic trainers and students who provide care on campus. People can also pay tribute to the athletic trainers by posting to social media and tagging the new Instagram page @ic_athletictraining, as well as using #NATM2016.
Raffle tickets will also be on sale at most athletic sporting events and outside the athletic training facility in the Hill Center during the day for the remainder of March, as well as “Bomber Nation” water bottles for $5. A single ticket can be purchased for a dollar, or six for $5. Items to be raffled off are a game worn and signed Rudy Gay jersey from the Sacramento Kings, a signed hockey stick by the Carolina Hurricanes and a Nike staff polo from the Baltimore Ravens.
All proceeds from the raffle ticket and water bottle sales will go towards the Ithaca College Athletic Training Student Association Club.
Following home events to purchase tickets and/or water bottles are listed below:
March 5 – Women’s Lacrosse – 1 p.m.
March 6 – Gymnastics – 1 p.m.
March 9 – Men’s Lacrosse – 4 p.m.
March 23 – Women’s Lacrosse – 4 p.m.
March 26 – Men’s Lacrosse – 1 p.m.
March 29 – Baseball – 4 p.m.
March 30 –Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse – 4 & 7 p.m.
March 31 – Softball – 3 p.m.
Here is a list of recent graduates that are currently employed by college or professional teams:
|Dan Adelman, MS, ATC||Baltimore Ravens|
|Mike Becker, ATC||New York Yankees (minor league)|
|Kevin Campbell, ATC||Los Angeles Dodgers (minor league)|
|Bryan Gardner, MS, ATC||Buffalo Sabres|
|Katy Harris, MS, ATC||Cornell University|
|Caleb Crowell, MS, ATC||Dartmouth University|
|Cody Herbert, MS, ATC||Colgate University|
|Taryn Gilrein, MS, ATC||University of Indiana|
|Chris Toone, MS, ATC||United States Ski Team/Federation|
|Kristen Bartiss, MS, ATC||Baylor University|
|Meaghan McMillen, MS, ATC||Duke University|
|Emily Ambrose, MS, ATC||Walt Disney World|
|Steve Bartlinski, MS, ATC||Stanford University Football|
|Chris Hagermann, MS, ATC||Davidson University|
|Peter Youngman, MS, ATC||Sacramento Kings|