At RecSports, we have five athletic trainers who work hard to ensure safety on and off the fields. Four of these trainers are graduate students with one coordinator as a guide and mentor. Let’s meet the team.
First off, we have…
The Coordinator for Athletic Training, Katelyn Peterson. Her favorite part of the athletic training program is getting her athletes back onto the field, doing what they love. Peterson said the athletic training department at RecSports is important because it is a unique and one-of-a-kind service that many universities across the country cannot provide.
“Injuries happen in all types of physical activities,” Peterson said. “Stretching and foam rolling everyday can help to prevent injuries in the long run.”
Peterson wants RecSports members to be aware that the team is available to them to provide injury advice and recommendations. A rehabilitation clinic is available to sport club athletes as well.
Hannah Wohltmann, second year graduate assistant, became interested in Athletic Training when she was in high school. Wohltmann said the biggest challenge of being an AT is that people don’t know what they actually do.
“We are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions,” Wohltmann said. “We work with our Intramural athletes as well as our sport clubs to provide excellent care.”
Next up is Regan Kemp. Kemp is a graduate assistant athletic trainer. She got into athletic training in high school when she got injured in cross country. She began doing physical therapy with an AT and PT and became really interested in the field.
“My favorite part of athletic training is the bond and trust I get to build with my athletes while they are in rehab,” Kemp said. “I also love the emergency care aspect of athletic training and how quickly you have to problem solve and think on your feet.”
Another graduate assistant, Victoria Voorhees, became interested in the field when we finished up her final season of softball after playing for 10 years.
“I wanted to help people continue to play the sport they love, and athletic training was the best avenue to accomplish that,” Voorhees said.
Voorhees wished students knew that all the athletic trainers are nationally certified and state licensed allied health professionals that care about their athletes.
“Our number one priority is your safety!” Voorhees said.
Brooke Hales, graduate assistant of athletic training, said her biggest challenge is when she has to watch her athletes struggle.
“All the athletic trainers care about our athletes and want to see them succeed and make progress,” Hales said.
However, Hales said the athletic training program at RecSports helps athletes and intramural participants save thousands of dollars in health care.
“Our presence at sporting events also help ensure that everyone is participating in sports safely,” Hales said. “When injuries do happen, we’re able to assess them and manage them appropriately to potentially avoid dangerous scenarios.”
Keep at look out on the RecSports Twitter every Tuesday. The Athletic Training Department tweets out AT tips to inform students on safety skills!
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