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Midland’s Reilly captures national honor

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Article reposted from Fremont Tribune
Author: Fremont Tribune

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) has named Midland University’s Tom Reilly the NAIA Head Athletic Trainer of the Year.

Reilly has served as the Warriors’ head athletic trainer for nine years.

“This is a very unexpected and humbling honor,” Reilly said. “Winning this award wouldn’t be possible without my co-workers. I can’t do my job without the assistance of our entire athletic training team. I would like to thank each and every one of them, the entire Midland athletic department, administrators and faculty on campus for all the support they provide to my team and our student-athletes.”

Reilly heads the sports medicine department for Midland’s 31 varsity sports, as well as junior varsity teams, which consists of more than 800 student-athletes. He oversees one full-time assistant, three graduate assistants and numerous student athletic trainers.

Over the past 25 years Reilly has been a good standing member of the NATA, Mid-America Athletic Trainings Association (MAATA) and Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association (NSATA). He annually attends state, district and national meetings, and has been a past presenter at the MAATA as well as a NATA Capitol Hill Day participant.

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Tom Monagan Named NCAA D-III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year

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Article reposted from UT Dallas
Author: UT Dallas

UT Dallas Associate Athletic Director Tom Monagan has been named the NCAA Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year, announced by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Monagan is in his seventh year at UTD after taking his current position with the Comets in 2010. He is nationally board certified, licensed as an athletic trainer in Texas, and is an active member of the NATA, the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA), the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association and the North Texas Athletic Trainers’ Society. He currently is serving on the NATA’s Committee of Professional Ethics and is Chair of the Ethics Committee for SWATA. He has presented on professional ethics, social media and effective communication at various educational institutions and clinical symposiums.  In July of 2016, he received the Excellence in Athletic Training Award from SWATA.

“Tom has been the single most important member of the administrative team at UT Dallas in terms of student well-being,” commented UTD Director of Athletics Bill Petitt. “He takes great pride in the operations at UTD and leads a group of full-time athletic trainers to provide the best health care in Division III.”

Each year the College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee recognizes one individual for exceptional performance as a head athletic trainer in each of the following collegiate divisions: NCAA D1, NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA and Junior College/Community College. Award recipients are actively involved in their community or campus, athletic training associations and promotion of the profession. Award winners must be employed as a full-time Head Athletic Trainer (or equivalent) in a collegiate setting.

Monagan will officially be presented the award at the 2017 NATA Convention this June in Houston.

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Award Winning, Ohio Athletic Trainer Keeps Athletes Performing at Their Best

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Article reposted from Akron Children’s Hospital
Author: Heather Bauders

Aaron Galpert, certified athletic trainer (AT) with the Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Rehab team, has had an amazing career. He’s traveled around the world as an AT with the U.S. National and Olympic soccer teams. He kept Harlem Globetrotters basketball players healthy despite their grueling game and travel schedules. And he’s helped countless young athletes resume the activities they love.

Aaron is approaching 37 years as an AT. This summer in Houston, Texas, he’ll receive the Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The award recognizes NATA members with at least 20 years of experience for their contributions to the profession and as volunteers at the state/local levels. Aaron is among 3 Ohio recipients of the 2017 award – and 1 of 34 across the country.

“The award was a complete surprise to me, and it’s an honor,” he said. “I love my job. Whether I’m working with a world-class athlete or a high school student, I enjoy the behind-the-scenes process of helping my patients improve.”

Award-Winning Athletic Trainer Keeps Athletes Performing at Their Best

From ankle sprains to concussions, the types of sports injuries haven’t changed much over the years. But overuse injuries are becoming more common in young athletes because their bodies don’t have time to rest and heal.

“Kids used to play different sports throughout the year and take some time off between sport seasons. More of today’s athletes play just one sport – and they play it all year long,” Aaron explained. “Not only can this specialization lead to overuse injuries, but kids get burned out playing a sport they once loved.”

Akron Children’s keeps students in the game by provides AT services at 19 local schools. “We’re proud to partner with the schools, working together to keep student-athletes healthy and safe,” Aaron said. “These kids come to us with a sense of trust because they want us to help them get better.

“I just have to remind the high school athletes not to Google their conditions and try to self-diagnose,” he joked. “Nothing beats experience, and I have decades of it.”

Award-Winning Athletic Trainer Keeps Athletes Performing at Their BestAs a seasoned veteran, Aaron mentors future ATs who are studying at Kent State University and The University of Akron.

“Athletic training isn’t just about sports – you can find athletic trainers in corporations, the military and performing arts centers,” he said. “March is National Athletic Training Month, and it’s a great time to spread the word about the different environments where ATs work.”

Aaron enjoys golfing in his free time, but his favorite sport is soccer. As he traveled with the national soccer team, he couldn’t help but learn the ins and outs of the sport. “Many people think a 1-0 score is boring, but it’s not,” he shared. “Students of the game understand what’s happening; soccer is about so much more than just scoring goals.”

Regardless of the sports athletes choose, the rewards they reap will last a lifetime. “You learn about the team concept and having a teammate’s back,” Aaron said. “You learn the importance of keeping your body in good shape. You share experiences you’ll always remember, and you build friendships that last a lifetime.”

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Indiana State Athletic training students to lead national LGBTQ workgroup

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Article reposted from Indiana State University
Author: Betsy Simon

Three Indiana State University students in the Doctor of Athletic Training program will lead their first National Athletic Training Association-sponsored LGBTQ workgroup in athletic training this month.

As the workgroup’s founding members, Ashley Crossway, Emma Nye and Sean Rogers will lead the first diversity and inclusions workgroup of appointed members who include past and present NATA board of directors to create a mission, vision and foundation for the group’s future work, which received the NATA’s approval earlier this year.

“The DAT program has an emphasis on advocacy in the profession, so throughout the course of the students’ time here we have emphasized that in a variety of ways,” said Lindsey Eberman, associate professor in the applied medicine and rehabilitation department. “Our program requires a traditional research project and a practice-based research project, which provides a unique opportunity for students to do advocacy research.”

Crossway, Nye and Rogers talked about things they wanted to do to make changes in the profession and approached Eberman, who turned to colleagues. They suggested talking to alumni, specifically Marjorie Albohm, who was influential in mentoring the students before moving forward with their request to the NATA for the workgroup and their research.

Their research purpose was to survey the perceptions of athletic trainers and student-athletes about the LGBTQ community. They developed a survey that asked student-athletes perceptions of athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ, athletic trainers’ perceptions of other athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ and athletic trainers’ perceptions of student-athletes who identify as LGBTQ.

They went through the NCAA compliance officers to deploy one part of their three-part survey to student-athletes and worked with the National Athletic Trainers Association to establish a random sample of athletic trainers in Division I, II and III for their second and third parts of the study. The survey was completed by 623 student-athletes and 1,109 athletic trainers.Crossway’s passion for advocacy for the LGBTQ community developed long ago, but the Doctor of Athletic Training program helped her turn her passion into action.

“When we were in the master’s program, we had to write blogs for our advocacy website AT4AT, and I wrote one about the changing legislation when gay marriage was passed and there was some debate about my blog,” she said. “I met with Dr. Eberman and we reached out to someone in the profession about starting a members’ interest group in October of 2014. Essentially, I got shot down and I put it on the backburner.”

That is until Crossway and Nye began discussing research and joined forces with Rogers.

“I’m a member of the (Institutional Review Board) and we’ve heard of instances of individuals who were studying a particular population where the researcher was intimidated because of the research they were doing, and this is something we talked about before we distributed the surveys,” Eberman said.

But to the contrary, Crossway indicated, “I was surprised by how many positive emails we got when we were distributing our surveys. People were excited that we were doing this kind of research for the profession.”

The goal is this workgroup will eventually become representative of the entire nation, Eberman said.

“But these students have to lay down the groundwork for why it is important and what needs to be done and that could take time, partly because of the NATA’s funding structure,” she said. “You can’t just sit back. Even if the research gets published, if they’re not trying to get those results into the hands of people, if they’re not pushing for development of workgroups as an extension of the research, then it’s just a paper that is published. They’re reward is more work and more advocacy, but at least they now have a platform for that, whereas a year ago they did not.”

The results are being processed and will ideally create a platform to push for more advocacy for underrepresented groups within the NATA.

“A lot of the responses were positive, but there were also a lot of neutral responses and some negative responses,” Rogers said. “I think those negative and neutral responses are where we want to focus because LGBTQ individuals didn’t really have that advocate before the creation of this workgroup within the NATA, and we want to use the data to show the importance of the LGBTQ community having a voice within our profession.”

Crossway noticed respondents’ concerns for offending transgender people and uncertainty because of limited exposure to them. Similarly, Nye found a majority of athletic trainers expressed that they don’t have access to formal training or education on how to approach someone transitioning or other individuals within the transgender community.

“A lot of the athletic trainers responded that they didn’t know what pronoun to use and it makes them feel uncomfortable, but they said that if they knew which pronoun to use, they would have those types of conversations with athletes,” Nye said.

Eberman said Indiana State’s Doctor of Athletic Training program does offer a course on underserved populations in emerging settings and includes modules specific to this population.”We’re not perfect by any means, but I’m happy that we are at an institution that makes sure people know that this is an open and inclusive space,” she said.

Unfortunately, the NATA doesn’t have a support or advocacy structure for athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ or other underrepresented groups, but Indiana State’s Doctor of Athletic Training program provided a good foundation for getting such a mechanism off the ground.

“Dr. Eberman and Dr. (Kenneth) Games have created a solid, forward-thinking and progressive group that allows us to take ideas that we want to focus on and are passionate about and run with it,” Rogers said. “If you get complacent with advocacy then it will drop back down. You have to advocate for what you are passionate about and for the people who haven’t historically had a voice, you have to give them a voice; but if you don’t continue advocating, they could fall back.”

The reality, Eberman said, is that athletic training’s roots were in coaching and physical education, not in health care.

“But the cultural norms have not changed with the profession,” she said. “In today’s political culture, people are not one thing. To me, this research demonstrates that. They are not just student-athletes. They are not just LGBTQ. They are not just athletic trainers. Instead, they are a culmination of things and we need to do a better job of recognizing people’s many facets in health care and in athletics.”

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Tennessee Athletic Trainer Wins Pair of Prestigious Awards

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Article reposted from The Tennessean
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Battle Ground Academy athletic trainer Gary Beatty has won two top awards in sports medicine.

Beatty won the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award for the Southeast Region of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the High School Athletic Trainer of the Year of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, according to a news release.

The awards honor athletic trainers who have made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic care program and the overall profession of secondary school athletic training.

Beatty works for STAR Physical Therapy, a subsidiary of U.S. Physical Therapy, and has served as BGA’s athletic trainer since 2006.

He also serves on the school’s Health and Safety Committee and does weekly injury assessments at the Williamson County Parks and Recreation facility.

He was nominated by his mentor and fellow athletic trainer Chris Snoddy who first recruited Beatty to attend Lipscomb University and serve as a student athletic trainer. Snoddy also works with Beatty at STAR Physical Therapy.

Beatty is also a member of the Wrestling Weight Management Board for the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association and has served on committees for the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society.

Beatty has worked in sports medicine for more than 26 years.

Before coming to BGA, Beatty was the athletic trainer for Davidson Academy in Nashville. He’s also worked with Trover Clinic in Madisonville, Kentucky; Cumberland University in Lebanon; Lipscomb University in Nashville; and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.

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Arizona Athletic Trainer Receives National Athletic Trainer Service Award

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Article reposted from Tucson News Now
Author: Elizabeth Walton

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recently announced Leah Oliver, Mountain View High School teacher, selection to receive the National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2017 Athletic Trainer Service Award! Ms. Oliver will be recognized for her many accomplishments and dedication to service during the 2017 NATA Convention in Houston on June 28, 2017.

This prestigious national award recognizes thirty four National Athletic Trainers’ Association members for their exceptional contributions to the athletic training profession and the Association. ATSA recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer.

Leah Oliver is the Sports Medicine teacher and the Athletic Trainer at Mountain View High School. She has worked at Mountain View High School in the Marana Unified School District since 1989. Ms. Oliver demonstrates the highest level of commitment and dedication to health and well-being. She listens to students and advocates on their behalf, working diligently to discover their interests and incorporating those interests into classroom lessons.

Her expertise has earned a reputation as a phenomenal teacher who truly cares for students, staff and parents. In 2013, Ms. Oliver was inducted into the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, becoming the first woman inducted. In 2010-11 Ms. Oliver was honored with the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association, Athletic Trainer of the Year Service Award and selected as MUSD’s Teacher of the Year. Her programs have resulted in 20 Lanny Williams Arizona Student Athlete Trainers of the Year, as well as multiple former students who have gone on to various medical related fields including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and athletic trainers. Her sports medicine class and student athletic trainers are the most award-winning in the state.

Ms. Oliver is highly involved in and out of the classroom setting. She serves as the department chair for Mountain View’s Career & Technical Education Department and is a member of the Safe Schools Task Force as well as a District representative for teacher evaluation, and curriculum writer for the Joint Technical Education Department (JTED), She also serves on the Board of Directors for the AZ Athletic Trainer Association. Ms. Oliver has worked with the Arizona Deaf and Blind School in Tucson to fit football equipment and provides coaching clinics on dehydration and sports related injuries, as well as served on the Board of Directors for Imago Dei Middle School, a tuition free school for underprivileged students in the Tucson area. Her dedication and passion were instrumental in the District’s procurement of automated external defibrillators and she continues to serve as an American Heart Association instructor working diligently to certify all of her students in CPR and AED use.

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Most U.S. high schools lack athletic trainers

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Article reposted from Reuters
Author: Andrew M. Seaman

Many U.S. high schools don’t offer athletic training services and few employ full-time athletic trainers, according to a new study.

Private institutions were even less likely than public schools to provide athletic training services or employ trainers, researchers found.

“Athletic trainers really provide the knowledge, security, expertise and education to keep athletes on the field and off the sidelines,” said lead author Alicia Pike, of the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. “The students can really focus on the benefits, and enjoyment of safe and fair play.”

The researchers write in the Journal of Athletic Training that the number of student athletes rose for the 25th consecutive year from 2013 to 2014. At that time, nearly 8 million students were athletes.

The American Medical Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association endorse the hiring of full-time and on-site athletic trainers, they add. Research suggest schools that follow that guidance have lower injury rates than those without athletic trainers.

Athletic trainers work with physicians to provide a range of healthcare services to student athletes ranging from minor bruises to sudden cardiac arrest.

For the new study, Pike and colleagues surveyed 8,509 public and 2,044 private U.S. high schools between 2011 and 2014.

Overall, 70 percent of public schools and 58 percent of private schools offered some level of athletic training services.

Only 37 percent of public schools offered full-time athletic training services, compared to only 28 percent of private schools.

Schools cited a number of barriers to hiring athletic trainers, Pike said, including budget issues, school size, lack of awareness about the role of athletic trainers and other school characteristics like rural environments.

The researchers suggest that ways to overcome these barriers should be explored.

Athletic trainers are a “vital aspect for the health and safety of the student athlete,” Pike said.

SOURCE: bit.ly/2m4gIBn Journal of Athletic Training, online February 23, 2017.

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Delaware Head Athletic Trainer Dan Watson Honored for Outstanding Service by NATA

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Article reposted from Delaware Blue Hens
Author: Delaware Athletics

University of Delaware head athletic trainer and assistant director of athletics Dan Watson has been honored by the National Athletic Trainers Association for his service to the organization and the outstanding work in the profession.

Watson, who has served at the University for the past 12 years, was selected to receive the Athletic Training Service Award. This prestigious national award recognizes NATA members for their exceptional contributions to the profession and the Association as well as their participation and leadership on the local and state levels. Members are eligible for this award after 20 years of membership and certification.

NATA award recipients will be recognized during the General Session at the 2017 NATA Convention in Houston on June 28.

“This is a special honor and I am grateful to be recognized on the national level for my service, leadership, and advancement of the Athletic Training profession,” said Watson. “We take great pride here at the University of Delaware in our reputation as one of the top athletic training programs in the country and none of this could be accomplished without the extraordinary dedication and passion of our athletic training staff and students.”

A native Delawarean, Watson earned his degree in athletic training with honors from Delaware in 1995 and his master’s degree in education, athletic training, and sports medicine from the University of Virginia in 1996.

After his graduation from Delaware, he served on the athletic training staffs at Virginia, Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College, Yale University, and Rutgers University before returning to his alma mater in 2004. He served as assistant athletic trainer and associate head athletic trainer before being named head athletic trainer in 2013.

He has presented a variety of topics at numerous conferences, including at the NATA Annual Symposium. He previously served as Clinical Coordinator of the UD ATEP and as President of the DATA.

Watson and his wife, Minda, reside in Newark with their son, Jude.

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NFL Looks To Help The Nearly 30 Percent Of U.S. High Schools That Don’t Have An Athletic Trainer

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Article reposted from Forbes
Author: Blake Williams

It’s hard to think of the NFL these days without thinking about player safety. It looms over every Sunday of action and is reinforced as players enter concussion protocol or are lost for the season due to injury.

Football has always been a violent game, and while the league has taken strides to increase safety, injuries are simply a part of the sport. The emphasis, then, should fall to proper treatment.

NFL players, certainly, have the best medical care money can buy, but the lower levels of the sport don’t. The league is taking strides to address that problem.

Through a grant program that began two years ago and is expanding this year the NFL Foundation in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has expanded efforts to put more full-time athletic trainers in high schools around the country.

“People probably don’t appreciated how underserved high schools are,” NATA President Scott Sailor said. “I think over the years they are becoming more aware of the importance of athletic trainers.

“Were already doing educational programming and things like that, but (The NFL) was able to put some money behind it and get boots on the ground.”

The program began in 2014, replicating a program the Chicago Bears started in 2013, and 20 NFL teams have participated to improve athletic trainer programs that work with 160,000 high school students. This year the Expanded Pilot Program will be awarding 150 grants to high schools in Arizona, Oklahoma, Illinois and Oregon – states chosen based on need and demographics – allowing those in areas that don’t have an NFL team to benefit.

“We have been very pleased with the creativity and the interest and excitement that we have seen in a lot of those communities,” said Amy Jorgensen, NFL Director of Health and Safety Policy.

“We’ve been very pleased with what we have seen. This year the pilot program is a way for us to look at how the NFL might be able to expand our efforts. We really are looking for this pilot program to provide us with some important learning as to how we can have an impact in more communities.”

Each grant is for $35,000 over three years to fund an athletic training program with a Dec. 16 deadline for schools to apply.

The grant looks to address a drastic need as two thirds of high schools across the country don’t have a full time athletic trainer and nearly 30 percent don’t have any access to an athletic trainer.

“The challenge is providing healthcare to the people that need it most and those are the kids. I think (the NFL) realized how few high schools have athletic trainers,” Jacksonville Jaguars Head Athletic Trainer Scott Trulock said. “Specifically some of the inner city schools that aren’t as well funded have sports programs but don’t have athletic trainers.”

The Jaguars were one of the first teams to get on board with the program and partnered with Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, a local nonprofit, to place athletic trainers in seven of the 17 schools in the area. Five more schools will be added to the program next season with the goal of all 17 Duvall County Public Schools having athletic trainers by 2020.

Bob Sefcik, the executive director of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine program, said he has been impressed with the NFL’s commitment to a long-term solution.

“The NFL helps us leverage the schools in really making a firm commitment,” he said. “So essentially the NFL wanted something in writing from the school district that they in fact were going to sustain the program beyond what the NFL funding would be taken care of.”

The work in Jacksonville is just one of the success stories to come from the grant, something the NFL is surely elated with after years of player-safety related backlash and declining participation numbers for football at youth levels.

For the NFL, Jorgensen said, the focus is on moving forward and the work with the NATA is a part of that.

“There is a lot of interest and concerns to safety in sports and we are looking at solutions. Medical efforts have said that at the high school level this is one way you can make sports safer.”

Regardless, all the league can do now is move forward and the NFL Foundation grant is doing just that to increase safety in youth sports.

“I do feel like I have an obligation to be a caretaker for the game,” Minnesota Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman said.

“I think athletic trainers are a very important piece of the puzzle when it comes to athletics at all levels and this grant is about providing care to student athletes. It was never presented as having an agenda. It’s really just to help kids.”

While improving player safety at lower levels of football isn’t an obligation for the NFL, it is in the best interest of the league and good for the sport in general. Getting athletic trainers in more high schools will improve safety for all high school athletes, not just football players.

That’s clearly the NATA’s stance, but without the help of the NFL that has been difficult.

“We really feel like if we can get athletic trainers in place and provide the normal services that we do, what we are trying to do is expose them to the important role that the athletic trainer plays and once they see that they will realize they went way to long without an athletic trainer,” Sailor said.

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Amani Jackson receives John A. Mayes Scholarship

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Article reposted from State
Author: JAMINA TRIBBETT

While athletic training was not officially recognized as a health profession until the 1990s, the practice has been around for more than a century. In that time, Indiana State University has secured an esteemed place in history — one that made the university the No. 1 school to attend for Amani Jackson.

Jackson, a senior from Flossmoor, Ill., discovered her passion for athletic training after she broke her hand playing basketball in high school. Experiencing the care and treatment from an athletic trainer interested her in learning more about the field. When it came time to apply for colleges, Indiana State was at the top of her list.

“Indiana State was the first in the nation to have an accredited bachelor’s and master’s program in athletic training,” Jackson said. “Now, we are the first have a Doctorate in Athletic Training program. We are the pioneers for the profession, and I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to be part of the tradition of excellence here.”

State is also among the best programs, turning out graduates who regularly help their teams win championships. Dice Yamaguchi, ’05, helped lead the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA title in 2014 — the same year head athletic trainer Chris Kingsley, GR ’95, helped the Los Angeles Kings hoist the Stanley Cup. (Actually, it was the second time in three years they’d won a championship.)

Amani Jackson decided to attend Indiana State because of its athletic training program's reputation.

Amani Jackson decided to attend Indiana State because of its athletic training program’s reputation.

Indiana State’s history with athletic training began in 1962 when the university hired its first athletic trainer, Mel Blickenstaff. Not only was the university the first to offer accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in athletic training, but also it was the first to graduate a woman into the profession. In 2016, Indiana State continues that legacy with the new doctorate — bringing with it hopes to raise the salary for athletic trainers.

“The biggest problem in athletic training is that the need is growing, but the salaries are not,” said Program Director Lindsey Eberman. “Right now, about 70 percent of athletic trainers have their master’s degree, but they are not necessarily gaining advanced practice skills or clinical expertise in those programs. What we are trying to do with our new doctorate is drive the skill set and leadership up to drive the value and worth of athletic trainers up.”

The Doctorate in Athletic Training is a 24-month continuous enrollment program that requires students to complete 57 credit hours, two research projects and clinical experience. There are currently 41 students in the program, and it maxes out at 50. Currently, only about half of applicants are accepted into the program.

“Some of the most influential people in the athletic training profession have graduated from Indiana State,” Eberman said. “These are the people who are pushing the profession forward by developing certifying exams and conducting research about the field. It has been really cool to be a part of that history.”

Jackson hopes to one day be a part of that history, as well. With her passion and an education from what she believes is “the best in the country,” there is no limiting her potential for success.

“She has demonstrated some serious passion for the profession — seeking out internships and trying to find ways to expose herself more in the profession,” said Eberman. “I think she represents future leadership, particularly as it relates to the diversity of our profession. The field is not necessarily diverse. Less than five percent of athletic trainers are not white.”

Jackson was awarded the John A. Mayes Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Scholarship by the National Athletic Training Association in May. This scholarship provides an annual scholarship of $2,300 to a qualified entry-level athletic training student from a diverse ethnic background.

“I was so honored and proud to receive this scholarship,” Jackson said. “John Mayes doesn’t know me personally, he just knows what I wrote on a piece of paper, but he felt strong enough to invest in me and encourage me to stay the path, even if I am the minority in the field.”

Jackson plans to further her education by obtaining a master’s and doctorate in athletic training. She has a special interest in studying aquatic therapy, foot and ankle pathologies, as well as the role of nutrition in healing. Food has an impact on injury prevention, performance enhancement and injury recovery, she says. Jackson’s dream clinical setting would be in women’s collegiate athletics, but she also wants to be open to other opportunities.

“Because I go to Indiana State and I feel that I am getting the best education in the world,” Jackson said, “I feel like there is no limitation to what I could do.”