Women in Sports: Junior, Marks, first and only female athletic trainer for the Saints
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.
The LSU School of Kinesiology advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement. Visit the School of Kinesiology at lsu.edu/kinesiology
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.
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