Members of the Tennessee Athletic Training Society Executive Board spoke at Lee University to address the state of athletic training in Tennessee and discuss opportunities for professional involvement following graduation.
“The goal of the event was to introduce students to their peers and show them that they are willing and excited to share their professional experiences,” said Dr. Racheal Lawler, assistant professor of athletic training at Lee.
The event was under the direction of Lawler and hosted athletic training students from four universities.
Graduate students enrolled in Lee’s Master of Science in athletic training program attended in person and were joined via Zoom by MSAT students from the University of Tennessee, Union University, and Middle Tennessee State University.
“It was a great opportunity to connect with the veterans of the athletic training community,” said Amanda Olevsky, Lee MSAT student. “Dr. Lawler allowed the opportunity for an investment in our futures not often provided and continuously instills a unique drive for greatness as a clinical coordinator.”
TATS executive board speakers included President Peggy Bratt, Vice President Mike Van Bruggen, Secretary Jillian Keeler, Middle Tennessee Representative Brad Rohling, and East Tennessee Rep. Grant Davis.
The speakers, some present in person and some over Zoom, began a discussion with the athletic training students about general aspects of Tennessee athletic training. Students were able to speak or type their questions for feedback from all attending members of the board.
“Being able to ask the TATS representatives questions was extremely beneficial, because it opened doors for future networking when we begin applying for jobs or internships,” said Rebecca Branstetter, Lee MSAT student. “They were incredibly helpful and open to our ideas of serving and getting involved in the athletic training community.”
According to Lee’s Director of Athletic Training Dr. Taz Kicklighter, this was the first event of its kind with all degree programs in Tennessee coming together for one event with TATS to promote professional involvement and advancement of the athletic training profession at the state level.
“We received great feedback, and we hope to do it again next year,” said Dr. Lawler.
For more information on Lee University’s athletic training program, visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/academics/graduate/education/atep/.