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King’s College Student to intern with NFL’s Chiefs


Article reposted from The Citizens Voice

A first impression may have never meant more to Greg Janik than when he met Andres Armstrong.

Janik, the head athletic trainer at King’s, clearly remembers Armstrong walking up to him almost four years ago during the Monarchs’ football preseason.

Armstrong, who was hoping to major in athletic training, was told to introduce himself to Janik when he got to King’s. He shook Janik’s hand, looked him in the eye and said he heard Janik would give him the best chance to succeed in college.

“I remember that vividly because most students do not look you in the eye and shake your hand as a freshman,” Janik said. “He was a mature young man.”

Even as grades fluctuated and Armstrong would have otherwise blended in with the crowd in the classroom, Janik didn’t forget his first meeting with Armstrong, who played wide receiver for three seasons before moving to linebacker. Janik always felt that Armstrong had the potential to succeed — sometimes, he just might need an extra push.

Four years later, Armstrong is headed to the NFL — for his work off the field.

Armstrong’s dedication to athletic training, plus the support of those who believed in him, earned the soon-to-be graduate a summer internship with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s a goal he set out for himself and potentially the first step in a successful athletic training career.

“It was probably one of the best feelings of my life,” Armstrong said. “My mom … always told me, ‘You’re going to be the first one out of this (immediate) family to graduate out of a four-year institution.’ Once I got this, it was like the icing on the cake.”

An injury in high school introduced Armstrong to the world of athletic training.

Armstrong grew up in Texas for several years before moving to Edgewood, Maryland, and attending Harford Technical. That’s when he got into football and, by his junior year, was ready to start at quarterback.

Just before the season opener, though, he sprained his ankle and landed on Kyle Mohr’s training table. Armstrong said he and his athletic trainer “were the best of friends for two weeks” from there, as he watched Mohr tape other players, evaluate injuries and show him his side of the sport.

“Ever since then, I’d shadow him as much as I could,” Armstrong said.

Before long, Armstrong grabbed the attention of King’s football — which just so happened to be where Mohr went to school and got to know Janik. Mohr pitched the program to Armstrong as he continued to teach him about the trade at Harford Technical. When Armstrong chose to attend King’s, Mohr told him to make sure he met Janik.

At the time, Armstrong said, Mohr was “like an older brother” to him. Without a father consistently in the household, his said his mother, Carmela Perez, always said “it takes a village to raise your child,” and Mohr took him under his wing through high school.

“When it did come to athletic training, he gave me as much knowledge as I could hold until I came (to King’s),” Armstrong said.

“The best advice he ever gave me was to walk up to Greg, shake his hand … and tell him I’m going to make an impact on this athletic training community,” he added.

That introduction between Armstrong and Janik went as well as it could. But, as almost every college student finds out, there are ups and downs inside the classroom.

All was fine in Armstrong’s freshman year. His mother, Perez, said he was always a good student — good grades were required to play sports in her household — and teachers and principals meet her just to say how well he was doing.

That translated into the first year at King’s, where he got by fine.

But in the years that followed, as classwork became more in-depth, “to say I struggled is an understatement,” Armstrong said. He struggled to grasp some classwork as students around him succeeded.

“I’m way too competitive to be complacent. So when I would catch myself being complacent, I would get angry at myself,” Armstrong recalled. Still, there were times he thought, “This is it; I’m going to be a five-year student.”

Luckily, those rough patches included one of Janik’s classes. Janik said his performance “didn’t sit (well) with me” based on their first meeting, but a turning point came last summer when he ran into Mohr.

The two athletic trainers discussed how Armstrong had high potential but just needed extra motivation. That potential was clearly on display when Armstrong’s case report on a unique injury was accepted for presentation at a state conference last year.

The case report — centered around a swimming injury — was also a top-three finalist at a regional conference. Armstrong said he was stopped and congratulated for his work at the conferences, which was eye-opening to him.

“So I knew this guy is obviously very smart,” Janik noted. “I just didn’t know if he cared as much as I wanted him to care.”

Those feelings were relayed to Armstrong, and — with a year remaining to make his mark at King’s — he flipped a switch. He learned of an opportunity to intern within the NFL and wanted to prove he deserved it.

“That was definitely a wake-up call for me,”Armstrong said. “Going into my senior year, I was doing as much as I could.”

In the summer, he went back to his high school to help out his old team.

Back at King’s in preseason, he assisted the athletic training staff without asking, Janik said. He showed up early, lent his expertise, taped players and then ran out to practice a little late.

Even now, he’s directing underclassmen and building a rapport with men’s lacrosse coaches as he comes down the homestretch at King’s.

“He made a great impression there that … he cares about the profession. In athletic training, to me, that’s what it’s all about,” Janik said. “It’s not how smart you are, it’s that you truly care about the patients that you treat. And Andres was demonstrating that at this point.”

With that in mind, Janik helped recommend Armstrong for one of the select NFL internships. He once interned himself with the Eagles, where he met Rick Burkholder, now the head athletic trainer for the Chiefs.

Janik told Burkholder about Armstrong’s passion for the profession. Burkholder asked for an application, Armstrong applied and, before long, he interviewed and got accepted into the program.

Armstrong made a bit of King’s history in doing so — he follows Lionel Rice (2011-14) as the second Monarchs football player to intern with an NFL team.

Armstrong announced the news at the football team’s banquet, where he received a standing ovation. First, though, he acknowledged those who helped him along the way.

He’s always had Perez there as a sounding board, always pushing him. Janik did the same at King’s, while Mohr helped him get started.

“If I didn’t have those three, I definitely know for a fact I’d be lost,” Armstrong said. “They’ve been my guiding light ever since they came into my life.”

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Athletic Training Student motivates behind the scenes


Article reposted from Hilltop Views
Author: Amanda Gonzalez

As senior athletic training student Fawaz Alfageeh tightly applies tape around the ankle of a student athlete before a big game, he tries to be precise, yet quick. While he focuses on his timing, the many athletes he interacts with ask him questions about his life back home.

“I didn’t grow up playing video games,” Alfageeh said.

Instead he would scuba dive off the beaches of Saudi Arabia. As he got older, he also coached soccer and volunteered at the orphanage. He grew up playing rugby, soccer and track.

In 2014, he competed in two rugby tournaments with the Saudi Arabian national team in South Korea and Dubai, while concurrently studying 8,000 miles away at St. Edward’s University.

“Rugby was the main help for me to speak English,” Alfageeh said, as  his native language was Arabic. “Most of my teammates were from England or South Africa. The only communication we had was English.”

Watching classic American movies like “Karate Kid” and comedies like “The Waterboy” also helped him learn English.

In Saudi Arabia, Alfageeh earned a degree in electronics, then came to the United States in 2011 for an eight-month English program in Ohio around the age of 25. In 2012, he moved to Austin and played recreational soccer with the ATX Galaxia S.C.

When he began attending St. Edward’s in 2013, Alfageeh tried to find a major that was best for his passion of sports. His academic advisor pointed him towards the kinesiology major with an emphasis on athletic training.

“Fawaz is great,” Assistant Athletic Trainer Annie Nalepa said. “His maturity level is probably the biggest thing that sets him apart from everyone else. He has some life experience and is very good at assessing a situation and not necessarily reacting impulsively.”

Full-time certified athletic trainers are responsible for assessing injuries and determining the proper course of action, while student athletic trainers observe situations and help with the day-to-day maintenance. Often the unsung heroes, everyone  from first-year observation students to head athletic trainers  help with loading coolers and cleaning equipment after sporting events.

“They’re always around, trying to keep the mood light,” junior baseball player Blake Alexander said of the athletic trainers. “So if you’re hurt, they’re always trying to uplift you and do whatever they can to make you smile.”

Athletic training students acquire 1,800 hours of observation and hands-on experience over five semesters, which can be broken down to about 20 hours a week. Required course classes include basic anatomy, evaluating injuries with upper and lower extremities, taping and bracing, as well as emergency management.

Once they start observing with SEU Athletics, student athletic trainers are on semester rotations with various sports to gain experience with multiple athletes. Alfageeh has worked with women’s soccer then men’s basketball, where ankle and knee injuries are common. This semester, he is working with the baseball team where he deals with more shoulder, elbow and core injuries.

When curious student athletes ask him about his native culture and cuisine, he invites them to visit him, adding that they will always have a home in Saudi Arabia. Upon graduating in May, Alfageeh plans to further his sports medicine studies, and hopes to become the first Saudi athletic trainer on the national soccer team.

“Something I will remember is the love and respect I got from all the teams I worked with,” Alfageeh said. “It was great to see how easy they accepted me for who I am. As [an] international student being involved with American people, it was a big help.”

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UNC Charolette Athletic Training Students Preparing for their future


Article reposted from Niner Times

Athletes constantly need the attention of a trainer in order to remain healthy and competitive. Cue students such as Aldo Rodriguez and Allie Smith.

Rodriguez and Smith are a part of the athletic training program at Charlotte and for the past two years they have been assigned to a different team or school each semester. The two students are both working with the baseball team this season.

After an injury during his soccer career at Pfeiffer University, Rodriguez became interested in athletic training.

“When I was doing my rehab with the athletic trainer, they made it a lot easier to get back on the field. At first I hated the injury, it was terrible. He just made the process easier,” Rodriguez said.

Smith drew inspiration from her love for sports and from her big in her sorority when it came time to choose a concentration.

“We got to the point where our advisors were telling us to decide which path we wanted to take. I looked into both options and sports are more involved with athletic training than exercise science, so I applied,” Smith said.

The program is very competitive, as only 21 students were accepted in their class – which is high compared to other years.  The clinicals the students are placed in consist of local high schools and colleges, including Charlotte athletics. Combined, the duo of Smith and Rodriguez have done it all.

While the circumstances of their job might be unfortunate, it allows the two a chance to shine.

“Our jobs aren’t necessarily exciting unless someone gets hurt, which is very unfortunate. I don’t want my athletes to get hurt, but occasionally they do. That’s when our adrenaline gets going,” Smith said.

Being placed in baseball was a new experience for Rodriguez who never paid attention to the sport prior to his clinical.

“I had never really watched baseball before this, but it’s definitely growing on me,” Rodriguez said. “It’s different with baseball. With all of the other sports, like football and lacrosse, it’s more acute injuries like if someone gets hit or tackled. Here it’s more overuse stuff, it’s more maintenance on their arms as opposed to someone getting hit on the knee and hurting their knee.”

Smith, on the other hand, has always had a love for baseball.

“I love watching baseball, baseball is my sport,” Smith said.

Seeing a player through a rehabilitation process and having them return to play is what makes what they do important.

“It’s going through an entire rehab program with someone and watching them finally return to whatever sport it is. I got a really good experience doing that with women’s soccer. I worked with one of the athletes for eight weeks and I got to watch her return to play. It happened to be one of the tournament games and it was just fantastic to watch her comeback,” Smith said.

After athletic training helped get him back on track, Rodriguez is trying to do that for others.

“I want to do what that trainer did with me and work with athletes when they’re hurt, when they’re down and they feel terrible and get them back on the field and watch them perform the way they can,” Rodriguez said.

Both Smith and Rodriguez will be graduating in a few weeks. Rodriguez will head out for the west coast and complete a two-year internship for the Seattle Seahawks.  Smith is still unsure of what she will do after her time in Charlotte.

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Howard Payne Students Participate in SWATA Workshop


Article reposted from Howard Payne University
Author: Howard Payne University

Seven Howard Payne University students majoring in athletic training participated in the ninth annual Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) competency workshop and quiz bowl at the end of January. The event took place on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos.

HPU students who attended the conference were senior Ruth Davis from Cibolo, senior Corey Martinez from Bangs, senior Dezeray Tafte from Eastland, senior Elizabeth Fargo from Saginaw, senior William Rangel-Alfaro from San Antonio, junior Dustin Bachus from Edna and junior Ariana Rehm from Uhland.

This was the first time all HPU athletic training upperclassmen were able to participate in this event. HPU is one of 17 professional athletic training programs in SWATA, which includes graduate and undergraduate programs from Texas and Arkansas. The workshop is designed to increase the students’ professional and clinical skills as well as help them prepare for the certification exam.

The quiz bowl is a competition in the style of a game show made up of teams of three from accredited schools in SWATA. HPU’s team consisted of seniors Davis, Martinez and Tafte. They competed with teams from universities including The University of Texas, Texas State University, Texas A&M University, Hardin-Simmons University, Baylor University, The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Lutheran University. The winning team from the quiz bowl gets the opportunity to compete in a similar competition at the National Athletic Trainers Association meeting this summer.

“I am really proud of our quiz bowl team,” said Mike Terrill, director of HPU’s Athletic Training Education Program. “They competed very well and represented the quality of education we provide at Howard Payne.”

For more information about the Athletic Training Education Program, contact HPU’s School of Education at 325-649-8203 or visit

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Lee Students Stand Out At SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium


Article reposted from Chattanoogan
Author: Chattanoogan

Lee University athletic training students traveled to Atlanta to participate in the Athletic Training Student Symposium, hosted by the Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Association.

During the conference, over 900 undergraduate and graduate students seeking athletic training certification gathered to participate in various activities designed to foster the growth of athletic training students.

Lee seniors Stephan (Levi) Moffett and Emily Skipper were two of eight students selected to deliver oral presentations on clinical case studies. Mr. Moffett presented on the spontaneous healing of a college volleyball player, and Ms. Skipper’s study explored the surgical repair of a lower back muscle tear in a professional baseball pitcher.

Additionally, Lee’s team, the Smashing Lumpkins, competed in the ATSS quiz bowl competition against 23 other teams. Participating teams answered questions related to athletic training and were scored on quickness and correctness of responses. The Smashing Lumpkins took tenth place, but not before holding their own for a moment at first.

“Besides being on the first quiz bowl team for Lee and doing well against other schools that were there, I got to learn valuable information from some of the best athletic trainers in the world,” said Luis Rodas, Lee AT major. “This trip was an amazing experience due to the people that went on the trip and the people I met at SEATA.”

According to Dr. Kelly Lumpkin, Lee’s AT program director, the success of the current undergraduate athletic training program is smoothing the transition into the first semester of Lee’s upcoming Masters of Science in Athletic Training program. The MSAT program will begin May 2018 but applications are being accepted beginning fall 2017. Another new program, PRE-AT, will allow students to pursue an emphasis area in athletic training at the undergraduate level.

The SEATA is a non-profit organization that is committed to enhancing the quality of healthcare provided by certified athletic trainers and to advancing the athletic training profession. The ATSS welcomes experimental research, case studies, and other research projects regarding athletic training from students seeking athletic training certification.

For more information about SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium, visit

For more information about Lee’s Athletic Training Program , contact Dr. Kelly Lumpkin at 614-8474 or

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GCU’s Sports Medicine Club members will assist Run to Fight


Article reposted from Grand Canyon University
Author: Karen Fernau

For the first time, members of Grand Canyon University’s Sports Medicine Club will be volunteering as first aid providers at the race, which is expected to draw more than 2,000 runners and walkers.

The Sports Medicine Club expects to have 40 volunteers at the seventh annual race to be held  March 11 at GCU. In previous years, the race was staffed by a smaller group of students.

Dr. David Mesman, club sponsor and College of Nursing and Health Care Professions athletic training faculty member, called the race a perfect match for students.

“It’s an event that we as athletic trainers naturally would cover,” he said. “Students will be able to use the practical skills they learn in the classroom at the race.”

A smiling runner gives a hearty Lopes Up.

Not only does Run to Fight offer an ideal learning laboratory — it also fits the club’s mission of giving back to the community.

GCU senior and club secretary, Travis Pasillas, appreciates the dual role.

“We are giving to a great cause and learning how big races are organized,” said Pasillas, an athletic training student from California.

Athletic training volunteers will assist runners with sports-related injuries and illnesses while working with nurses and nursing students as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Cancer Survivor’s Walk is a highlight of the Run to Fight event.

Sprains, strains, dehydration and heat-related illnesses are among common race ailments that students may help treat.

CiCi Chang, athletic training senior and club vice president, said the race offers students the rare opportunity to work with cancer survivors.

“It’s a population we normally don’t work with,” she said, “and are excited to be able to help them on race day.”

In six years, Run to Fight has raised $450,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and its research into cancer cures and for Children’s Cancer Network, a Chandler-based nonprofit that supports children and their families.

About the race

What: Seventh annual GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer

When: March 11, 7 a.m. for 10K, 7:45 a.m. 5K, 9 a.m. Cancer Survivors Walk

Where: GCU, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix

Cost: $30 for 5K and $40 for 10K through Feb. 28 and $35-45 through March 11. Cancer Survivors Walk is free.

Registration: Go to

Benefit: All proceeds are spent locally by Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Network.

Contact Karen Fernau at (602) 639-8344 or

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Athletic Training Students Learn Under the “Big Top”


Article reposted from Sharkbytes
Author: Sharkbytes

Faculty and students from the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Athletic Training Program (ATP) recently participated in the experience of a lifetime at Cirque du Soleil Kurios held in Miami Gardens, Florida. With the increase in popularity of performance medicine, athletic training students and faculty were invited to get a behind the scenes look into show.

Chad Fraser, MS, ATC, head therapist for Cirque du Soleil Kurios, graciously provided a backstage tour while the performers were practicing and preparing for the show. With 18 different Cirque du Soleil shows internationally, the NSU ATP received a unique opportunity to hear from an expert in the demanding field of performance medicine. Not only did the students get a tour, but Fraser provided tickets to the students for the show to enjoy the full experience.

Feedback from NSU’s ATP students about the experience was overwhelmingly positive. Irfan Khan, Level 2 Athletic Training Student, stated, “I really liked the way that Chad takes care of his athletes. He does a lot of preventative care. It was also really interesting that he put so much emphasis on biomechanics and learning how his performers move.”

Kristin Dean, Level 2 Athletic Training Student, shared her perspective: “Being able to explore the stage and backstage tents really peaked my interest. It amazed me how much dedication, time, effort, and innovation went into running the show.”

Students also reflected on this unique work environment that was above and beyond traditional clinical experience that they had been exposed to in the past. Mr. Fraser also visited the NSU faculty and students on the Davie campus for a follow-up discussion about the performance. His insights into these world-class performers provided discussion into the need for creating therapeutic exercise programs as an athletic trainer.

Pradeep Vanguri, Ph.D., NSU Program Director, pointed out, “The NSU athletic training students were given a once in a lifetime opportunity for experiential learning under the big top. Attending the practice, the show and having the time to meet with Chad were world-class – just like the Cirque du Soleil organization.”

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Iowa State athletic trainers and students mark 45 years at state wrestling tournament


Article reposted from Iowa State University College of Human Sciences
Author: Kent Davis

As student-athletes take on their opponents at this year’s state high school wrestling tournament, they’ll have the support of Iowa State University athletic training majors — a relationship that this weekend marks its 45th year.

“We have been fortunate to have such a positive working relationship with the Iowa High School Athletic Association for so many years and to meet athletes, coaches, officials, and other athletic trainers from across the state of Iowa,” said Mary Meier, who directs Iowa State’s athletic training program. “Iowa State University athletic training students and staff get valuable experiences and opportunities while providing excellent medical coverage for the state high school wrestling tournament. It is an athletic event we all look forward to covering every year and are proud to be a part of it.”

Alan Beste, executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, has witnessed Iowa State personnel — both certified athletic trainers and students — mat side as they assess injuries and counsel athletes, their parents, and guardians.

“The involvement of Iowa State University in the state wrestling tournament for the past 45 years has allowed the Athletic Association to provide quality sports medicine care for the students participating,” he said. “Our partnership has a 45-year history that we hope extends well into the future for the benefit of the wrestlers participating.”

Stephen Reed, who leads Iowa State’s group of undergraduate students as a certified athletic trainer at this year’s tournament, said that it’s rewarding to contribute to the success of athletes from across the state of Iowa.

“I love helping athletes return to play after an injury,” he said. “Seeing that I helped them get back, whether it’s a minor ankle sprain, or helping them rehab from knee surgery — to see them get out there and succeed at what they were doing before the injury at the same level or even at a higher level than before is a rewarding experience.”

The certified athletic trainers must be as quick on their feet as the athletes they assist. When a wrestler sustains an injury, an athletic trainer has 90 seconds to evaluate and treat the athlete. If blood is involved, an athletic trainer has five minutes before a wrestler must return to the mat.

“Athletic trainers need to work quickly due to there being a limited amount of time to stop the bleeding or assess an injury,” said Emily Rocha, a senior in athletic training who is helping at the wrestling tournament. “I have been building these skills by working with the Ames High School wrestling team all winter, which includes working their practices and home meets.”

Undergraduate students are paired with certified athletic trainers at the tournament, giving them a high-stakes, real-world opportunity to hone their observation skills and learn from certified athletic trainers.

“As certified athletic trainers, we want to make sure that the profession is strong,” Reed said. “We want to make sure that our students are gaining as much exposure and getting as much education as they possibly can.”

At times, an athletic trainer must tell wrestlers that their injuries are too serious for them to return to the mat. Reed said it’s important for future athletic trainers to observe that interplay between athlete and athletic trainer.

“Students gain experience in witnessing the mindset that coaches and athletes display at state tournaments,” Reed said. “The last thing a coach, or especially an athlete, wants is for us to tell them that an athlete can’t complete because of an injury. Seeing how that is handled is extremely important.”

Alumna Kari Sandquist, the head athletic trainer for Ames High School through McFarland Clinic’s sports medicine department, credits Iowa State’s program with sharpening her skills.

“Iowa State’s involvement at the tournament is a one-of-a-kind experience that most undergraduate programs do not provide for their students,” said Sandquist, who graduated with her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health in 2012 and completed her master’s degree in education in 2016. “It built my skills in being a people person, evaluating athletes, and handling emergency situations.”

Reed said that experiences like Sandquist’s have contributed to the strong reputation of Iowa State’s program.

“It’s good exposure for our athletic training program,” Reed said. “Everyone in the state of Iowa can see that Iowa State is teaching these young athletic trainers and producing quality athletic trainers — and that anyone who graduates from our program can be trusted. It shows that we produce quality people in the profession.”


Getting athletes back to the game

ISU athletic trainers put skills to the test at state wrestling tournament

Athletic training becomes stand-alone major


Stephen Reed, graduate student in interdisciplinary studies, graduate assistant in kinesiology, Iowa State University,

Kari Sandquist, 2012 graduate in athletic training; head athletic trainer, Ames High School,

Emily Rocha, senior in athletic training, Iowa State University,

Mary Meier, ISU athletic training program director, 515-294-3587,

Alan Beste, executive director, Iowa High School Athletic Association,

Kent Davis, communications specialist, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, 515-294-1326,

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Cedarville Sends Another Intern to the NFL


Article reposted from Cedarville University
Author: Michaela Carpenter

Cedarville University’s athletic training program was once again able to make an impact at the highest level of the profession. Through a recently completed internship with the Cincinnati Bengals, junior athletic training major Chris Brown was able to work alongside certified NFL athletic trainers and gain invaluable professional experience.

Brown, from Cedarville, Ohio, began his internship with the Bengals in May of 2016 and continued until the team completed its regular season schedule in January 2017. He was one of four interns, and the only junior in what is typically a senior internship. Brown is the second junior and the third student in recent years that Cedarville University has sent to an internship with the Bengals.

An NFL-level athletic training internship often leads to additional opportunities within the profession, as it did for 2015 athletic training graduate Kurt Gruenberg, who is now on staff at Cedarville as an assistant athletic trainer. After interning with the Bengals, Gruenberg was able to spend another season working with the Cleveland Browns.

As athletic training interns with the Bengals, Brown and Gruenberg assisted with first aid and management for the team’s practices and games, injury prevention and treatment and rehabilitation. Brown explained that people often misunderstand athletic training as a profession; it’s much more than just handing out water and taping ankles.

“A lot of athletic training is the things going on behind the scenes that people don’t see,” Brown said. “You get to have a relationship with the athletes and walk with them through the whole process, from when they get injured to when they’re able to get back on the field. I think that’s pretty neat.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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Southern Maine Student Speaks with Legislators


Article reposted from University of Southern Maine
Author: University of Southern Maine

Shelby Watts is the Athletic Training student representative for District One. This past June she traveled to Washington D.C. with four other ATCs from the state of Maine: Tim Weston, Barbara Blackstone, Chris Rizzo, and Matt Campbell. These five AT ambassadors met with the staff members of Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, as well as the staff members of Maine’s two house representatives. Shelby met with a staffer from Chellie Pingree’s office (representative of the Southern Maine region). The group was advocating the legislators to co-sponsor (sign) two proposed documents: (1) A student athlete’s bill of rights, which basically says that athletes should have access to a full-time athletic trainer in the secondary school setting. Currently only 35-37% of high schools across the country have access to a full-time athletic trainer. (2) A sports medicine licensure clarity act which would allow a licensed ATC to provide care for their athletes across state lines while traveling with their teams. This is important because a trainer’s liability insurance may not cover him if he practices in a different state than the one he is licensed in.

Everyone that the group talked to was very optimistic that the legislators would be in support of these two proposals, if they weren’t already signed on to them. It is great to see such enthusiastic support from the political leaders of the state of Maine.