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History of Athletic Training at EKU: Intro/Trailer/Teaser

First mention of a "trainer" at EKU in a 1933 Eastern Progress

Over the last year, I discovered a driving interest in understanding the heritage and history of athletic training at EKU. I have spent several hours searching University records, communicating with individuals with knowledge on the earlier years and matching dates as best I could. I have used sources connected to EKU, the NATA, the CAATE, and several personal interviews. Over the next few weeks leading up to the Alumni Party at the NATA, I am going to release a series of stories regarding our history.

2017-18 End-of-Year Update

EKU Athletic Training Student End-of-Year Cookout

The end of the semester definitely ran away, leaving little time and lots of distractions from social updates. Let's take a moment to re-cap on the events of the fantastic ending.

EKU AT Students Present at CHS Scholar's Day

For the last four years, EKU's College of Health Sciences has hosted an Annual Scholar's Day. During this event, students from all of the college's departments gather to present research that was conducted throughout the last school year. This year the keynote address focused on Kentucky's opioid epidemic and was presented by a panel of professionals including a CDC Public Health Advisor, a medical coroner and an individual that that had suffered an active addiction and graduated from a recovery program.

EKU AT Program Gets a Close Look At Knee Surgical Techniques

EKU AT Students Observe and Perform Arthroscopy Surgical Techniques

EKU's AT Program's Medical Director, Dr. Mary Lloyd Ireland, led 16 athletic training students, consisting of MS in AT and BS in AT students, through an exploratory wet lab including arthroscopy and an ACL revision. This opportunity was set up by Dr. Ireland as part of an in-service series to expand on our athletic training students' knowledge, experiences and networks. Dr. Ireland is an internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon and has served as the team physician for EKU in the past in addition to her current role as the program's Medical Director.

Kick-Off Time: National Athletic Training Month Begins Today!

EKU Athletic Training Students Kick Off National Athletic Training Month

Let the celebration begin! Across the country athletic trainers are being honored this month as March is National Athletic Training Month. EKU Athletic Training staff, faculty and students kick off the month in the rain at 5:45am doing what they always do...work to ensure the safety and participation of those under their care.

EKU Athletic Training Students Speak

EKU Athletic Training Students Speak To Future Healthcare Profession

On Feb 22, 2018, Tanner Eldridge and Kaitlin Oshiro sat on a Medical Panel at Bryan Station High School to educate the students about Allied Health Professions, specifically Athletic Training. Bryan Station High School is the pioneer high school of the Academy format. Briefly, it works like this: freshman year high school students are exposed to as many career choices as possible. Sophomore year they choose one of four "Academies"; Medical, Information Technology, Leadership and Arts, to focus their studies.

The Learning Never Stops...

Dr. Fuchs Leads AT Faculty, Preceptors, Former/Current Students in Training

Some find it hard to admit that they don't know everything. When you are in the medical profession, however, it is a necessity to admit when you don't know and seek continuing education. Where would we be with regards to surgery techniques if we never adapted and changed? What about the management of concussions or spineboarding techniques? No matter what, come to grips with the idea that what you know today is not sufficient for tomorrow.

Field Trips Still Rock!

EKU Atheltic Training at the Indiana Pacers

Remember the joy of the that one day in school when you turned in the permission form, entered the bus and left the schedule behind. Of course there was always a learning objective mixed in there but did you ever really realize what that was. I remember the trip to the state capital...running with friends, packing a lunch, seeing the sites and visiting some museums. As long as you aren't the kid in the class who pees your pants, the fun far outweighs the learning but the learning remains long beyond the fun!

Athletic Trainers in Physician Practices

EKU Represented at Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Inaugral Meeting

Athletic trainers continue to push the boundaries of healthcare by exploring new settings and new opportunities utilize our training to serve patients. Though work within the physician practice setting is often thought to be an emerging setting, athletic trainers have been working closely with physicians in this setting since the 1980s. However, this past weekend was the first annual meeting of the Athletic Trainers in Physician Practice Society (ATPPS).

EKU Students Invade Atlanta Once Again

EKU Athletic Training Students at SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium

Once again, students in Eastern Kentucky's University's Athletic Training Program attended the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Associations Athletic Trainers Student Symposium. Twenty-five students attended the conference designed to reinforce content knowledge and provide students an opportunity to network with professionals in the field. EKU has been a regular presence at this conference since its inception.

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