B.S. Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Tinley Park, IL
I chose FC and the MSAT program because of the small cohort. The smaller size would provide for a more intimate learning environment, but also have the immersive and comprehensive clinical opportunities that are so important for our profession.
Athletic training was attractive since I would be able to perform a variety of different “jobs” as a professional – first responder; prevention specialist; evaluate and treat a variety of injuries; work with patient’s from initial contact to rehabilitation; assist with return-to-play and so much more. I would also have a wide range of employment settings to choose from – secondary schools, colleges, industrial settings, hospitals, etc,
Franklin College’s MSAT program stood out for many reasons but primarily due to the program size being small and intimate, and because of the location. Franklin, Indiana is in a unique location that provides many opportunities for clinical rotations in smaller towns and larger cities, and the ability to work with diverse populations in the surrounding areas.
My cohort was able to bond with the MSAT faculty on a professional and personal level, based on the many different characteristics we each have. Though my cohort is diverse, we still have common interests and goals that are consistent with those of the MSAT faculty, which makes for robust relationships.
I have had the pleasure of performing clinical experience rotations at high schools, a sports performance center, a physician’s office and at Franklin College. While at Greenwood Community and Whiteland Community High schools, I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the roles and responsibilities of being in a setting that involves active participation and communication with the student-athletes, as well as their parents. St. Vincent Sports Performance center, both in downtown Indianapolis and in Carmel, provided me with the ability to experience a clinic setting and work with athletes who ranged from the everyday runners to elite athletes. At OrthoIndy, I was able to see live surgeries in the operating room and work with an orthopedic surgeon and his physician assistant. I am currently at Franklin College working with our head athletic trainer and athletes from several different sports.
There is a very strong relationship between students and faculty, in addition to the preceptors from the surrounding clinical sites. It is a tight-knit community of professionals, who know each other on a more personal level, which improves our learning and networking experiences.
A master’s degree in athletic training prepares students to have a greater knowledge and appreciation for the profession. When it comes to preparing for interviews or just having to explain to someone the extent of our education and training, we can say that we have mastered the core competencies that allow us to practice at a distinguished level.
Having access to all of the faculty and preceptors in the area, alumni of the program and the career development staff at the college has allowed me to learn how to network, tailor my résumé to the profession, learn about new concepts in the field and open doors to potential career opportunities.
My group is doing our research project on a tool that is currently attractive in many athletic training clinics. We are interested in finding out if using this instrument is useful in increasing range-of-motion in baseball players. From developing our concept, to finding participants, to analyzing the data, it has been a stimulating process, and one we hope will be useful to those in the profession.
Once I pass the BOC exam, my goal is to work in the collegiate setting. I really enjoyed that population of athletes the most through my clinical experience rotations, though I am open to the idea of taking a job anywhere there is an opportunity!
As a student who took a few years off school before pursuing my graduate degree, I can say that the Franklin College MSAT program allowed me to feel like I did not miss a beat. Everything has been taught thoroughly and the faculty makes sure everyone has a comprehensive understanding of the curriculum so that we are all on the same page.