Amanda Benson Receives Most Distinguished Award from SEATA


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Author: Observer

Dunkirk native Dr. Amanda Benson received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA).

This award is designed to recognize and honor those who have served and demonstrated outstanding and unusual service to SEATA and the profession of athletic training.

Benson is the Assistant Program Director for Athletic Training at LSU. She entered LSU in 2015 as the Assistant Program Director and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Kinesiology. Prior to her arrival at LSU, Dr. Benson worked at Troy University where she served in various capacities from 2003-2014 including the clinical coordinator, department chair and program director for athletic training.

In addition to her duties as the Assistant Program Director at LSU, Benson is an active volunteer to the profession of athletic training. She currently serves on the National Research and Education Foundation Scholarship Committee, is a Review Team member and site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and has worked with USA Tae Kwon Do. She has earned various accolades throughout her career including: the Ingalls Award, which is given to the most outstanding teacher at Troy University, the College and University Athletic Training Award for the State of Alabama, the SEATA Education/Administration award, and Phi Kappa Phi Scholars Award.

The Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) is District IX of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. It is a not-for-profit organization dealing with the concerns of its members and the profession of athletic training as a whole.

Athletic Training Student

LSU Student is First and Only Female to Intern For Saints


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Alissa Marks, native of Grand Prairie, La., is a junior at LSU and in her second clinical year in the School of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training program. This summer, she interned for the New Orleans Saints. She was the first and only female athletic training intern work for the Saints.

Marks says the LSU Athletic Training Program prepared her for this internship in many ways.

“I have learned work ethic, professionalism, clinical skills, and confidence, which are things that I feel made a huge impact of my performance over the summer and is the reason that I got this opportunity,” Marks said. “This experience definitely something that I will take with me throughout the rest of my career. I am extremely grateful to have gotten this opportunity.”

“My experience with the Saints was amazing and definitely one that I will never forget,” Marks said. “I worked with some of the best certified athletic trainers in the league. I have learned so much from them and I have grown as a clinician and a person in general. Being the first and only female athletic training student with the Saints medical staff motivated me to work harder and prove that females have a place in this profession.”

Marks aspires to work with a collegiate or professional sports team after graduation. Her favorite class at LSU so far was Orthopedic Evaluations because she learned about different injuries and how to test for them.

LSU Athletic Training students work with the best of the best. Students complete clinical experiences in injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. LSU’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is a flagship program in Louisiana and graduates from the program establish successful careers in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, physician clinics and more.




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