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Students gain hands-on experience and acquire clinical skills in internship
and practicum courses under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
Most of the clinical experiences occur on-campus, but a number of
opportunities are available off-campus, in colleges, clinics and high schools.
“I’m more confident in my abilities now. I can go into the training room and
have an injury come in and know pretty much what I’m doing, with bones,
muscles and everything,” Pinkston said.
Senior Jordan Locke is getting her athletic training undergraduate degree in
hopes of becoming a physical therapist. She values her hands-on
experience with patients and also observed a number of recent improvements
in the program.
“They have updated the proficiencies in the clinical classes,” Locke said.
“They’ve also updated all the class syllabi to meet credentials for the athletic
training degree to keep the program accredited.”
Athletic training students are preparing to work in the areas of prevention and
care of athletic injuries. Career opportunities include high school teaching and
non-teaching, professional sports athletic trainer, corporate and industrial
settings, recreation field athletic trainer, college faculty and staff, private
clinics and hospitals.
To help promote the athletic training profession, the WWU athletic
training education program hosted its fifth annual Athletic Training High
School Workshop on March 3. Students from Missouri and Illinois attended.
“This one-day workshop is designed to give high school students interested in
becoming an athletic trainer a glimpse into the profession,” Lungstrum said,
adding that over the last four years, 13 students who attended the workshop
have enrolled at WWU.
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Along with Lungstrum and Robb, Jill Gamlin and
Ryan Sherry presented sessions, including sideline
ankle evaluations, ankle taping, basic ankle
rehabilitation and kinesiotaping.
Gamlin is a certified and licensed athletic trainer
and physical therapist and owner of Atlas Physical
Therapy and Sports Medicine in Fulton. Sherry is a
physical therapist and clinic director of Peak
Performance Physical Therapy clinic in Fulton.
At William Woods, athletic training majors follow
a prescribed course of study in exercise physiology,
kinesiology, orthopedic and non-orthopedic
assessment, therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation,
therapeutic modalities, nutrition, personal
health, human anatomy, human physiology,
first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and
general psychology.
The athletic training program is housed in the
12,000-square-foot Center for Human Performance,
which opened in 2002. The facility provides
state-of-the-art care to William Woods athletes
and, at the same time, enhances the university’s
ability to provide clinical experiences for athletic
training students.
The building includes a large training room,
hydrotherapy room; physical examination room;
rehabilitation room; athletic training, physical
education and sports management classrooms;
faculty offices; and laundry room.
Approximately $150,000 worth of equipment is contained in the facility,
including two whirlpools, a metabolic cart that tests cardiovascular fitness,
an electric stimulator machine, an isokinetic testing machine, an ultrasound
machine for the treatment of injuries and ice machines to produce ice to be
applied to injuries.
Pinkston said she really enjoys the athletic training program. “It’s not easy,
because you have all your clinical hours, so it takes a lot of dedication,” she
said. “You learn to manage your time better and learn what you can and can’t
do and you just really have to be willing to commit to the ogram. If you com-
mit, you’ll see yourself improve with time.”
Cindy Robb, athletic training instructor, demonstrates how to properly wrap an ankle to
students Shane Trabue and Thomas Chadwick.