Athletic Training Student

LSU Student is First and Only Female to Intern For Saints


Article reposted from College of Human Sciences & Education
Author: College of Human Sciences & Education

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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Professional Sports

Saints Host High School Student Symposium


High school students from as far away as Florida, Mississippi and Texas travleled to the New Orleans Saints facility Saturday for an athletic training symposium organized by Scottie Patton, head athletic trainer for the Saints.

More than 200 students signed up for the event which included classroom lectures and hands-on training from Saints staff, staff from LSU, University of Louisiana Lafayette and Nicholls State athletic trainers. The symposium lasted seven hours. The classroom lectures featured nutrition, injury prevention and treatment. In the hands-on training, students learned various taping techniques, rehabilitation ideas and experienced a modalities lab.

“From an operations standpoint, this year has been much easier (than the past two years) and each year we think about ways to make it better, different and more interactive and it has gotten better each year,” Paton said. “We’ve only done one session this year versus the two sessions we did in the past. For the attending students, it has been a good day for them and with the speaker and all of the hands-on sessions, I think things have gone extremely well.”

This was the third year of the symposium. It was Patton’s idea to begin the symposium in 2014 and the interest in the event has grown each year.

“I think any student that attended today’s symposium would feel that they have benefitted from coming and attending the classes, the hands-on sessions and just the environment and atmosphere that we have created for this symposium,” Patton said. “Also, a huge thanks to all of the volunteers. Without the help of the volunteers with the planning and execution, things would not go as smoothly as they have gone.”