MSU ATEP students stand out, staying active and getting involved

The Murray State University Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) was recognized in the January 2011 issue of NATA News for student involvement. The news magazine for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) regularly selects a few schools from each district to highlight, and this month MSU was on the top of the list along with Southern Louisiana University and Vanderbilt University. Being recognized and topping larger programs at big name schools in the district speaks highly for the program.

While the ATEP program at MSU is relatively young, earning its formal accreditation in 2005, the program has taken off quickly with students who have been making marks both on and off campus. “Since the initial accreditation, the program had grown by leaps and bounds annually,” says Jeremy Erdmann, director of the ATEP program at MSU. “Several of the students who have graduated have gone on to further their knowledge and education at various graduate schools, doctoral programs, and other athletic training and allied health care arenas.

“Even though our student group is relatively small,” says Erdmann, “they were encouraged by other student groups who are also doing some great things in the community.” The group has a relationship with the regional Special Olympics, raising money for the Polar Plunge and working at the local Olympic games. Also, students have volunteered their time assisting at marathons such as the Nashville Ultra Marathon and the St. Jude’s Marathon in Memphis.

Students are also gaining valuable experience by attending events such as the SEATA (Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association) and NATA conferences. “For students, the conferences are just a great way for us to get out of our Murray bubble and see the whole athletic training picture,” Jenny Russell, a senior in the Athletic Training Education Program, explains. “It also gives us a great opportunity to meet professionals in our field and make connections that may help us get a job in the future.”

Students in the ATEP are committed and work hard to draw attention to the program, she notes. “The fact that we were recognized for our volunteer efforts was gratifying,” Russell says. “It will benefit the program by raising awareness, not only to new students, but also to athletic trainers looking to hire graduates for jobs or assistantships. This can be nothing but positive for us.”


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