270 high-school students get exclusive look at LSU Athletic Training

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Two hundred seventy lucky high school students from, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas were given an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the LSU Athletic Training and its facilities on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. 

The 11th Annual High School Athletic Training Symposium, hosted by Alpha Tau Sigma, LSU School of Kinesiology’s athletic training student organization. The Symposium targets high school students interested in sports medicine. Participants experience a behind-the-scenes look at LSU Athletic Training Program as well as learn important information relevant to the profession of athletic training. This event has become one of the largest single-day events of its kind in the Southern US, and also recognizes the role of athletic trainers as part of National Athletic Training Month.

ImageTopics of discussion include:

  • A typical day of a Certified Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training Student
  • Hands-on labs including: Anatomy and Palpations, Taping techniques, Splinting, Spine-Boarding, Wound care, and Concussion assessment
  • Tours of the LSU Athletic Training facilities, LSU Football Operations, and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • Interactions with the LSU Athletic Training program faculty and students

“This event is a great opportunity to reach out to the high school community to educate students on what Athletic Trainers do and why they are important. It’s a way for us to show people that there are other options in the medical field besides being a doctor, physician assistant, or a physical therapist,” said Sigma Tau Alpha Vice President Anna Fitch. “There is a need for health care professionals, and athletic training is a unique combination for people with a passion for helping others and being around athletics.”

The Bachelor of Science in athletic training is offered by the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education’s School of Kinesiology and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, or CAATE. For more information about CAATE, visit www.caate.net.

For more information about athletic training in the School of Kinesiology, visit www.lsu.edu/athletictraining.