February 21, 2009

NATA Educator's Conference in DC

Tony Breitbach, ATEP Program Director, attended the NATA Educator's Conference in Washington DC at the National Harbor Conference Center.

In addition to learning principles and techniques to enhance the Athletic Training Education Program, he also had the opportunity to make a poster presentation on the Interprofessional Education program.

February 14, 2009

In the "Pink" Zone.....

The SLU Women's Basketball Team hosted its annual "Pink Zone" game to benefit Breast Cancer Research on Saturday, April 14th vs. George Washington University.

The Billikens wore pink uniforms to commemorate the occasion, including Heather King (#30) who is a student in the SLU Athletic Training Education Program.

Athletic training students Kellie Black and Jacob Blasingame (above) worked with Theresa Hummel ATC to cover the game.

Athletic Training Students on A-10 Honor Roll

Athletic Training students Keri O'Keefe and J.J. Hannigan were named to the A-10 Conference Academic Honor Roll. Keri is a sophomore on the Billiken softball team and J.J. runs track at SLU.

Congrats J.J. & Keri!

We are proud of you!

February 05, 2009

Welcome Bill Jennings!

The SLU Athletic Training Education Program is proud to welcome Bill Jennings to our faculty!

Bill is teaching MAT 550, Rehabilitation in Athletic Training, and he brings our program a wealth of experience at many different levels.

Bill earned his certfication in Athletic Training in 1980 after he graduated with a Master's Degree from Saint Louis University. He has worked with Bill Hopfinger at Rehab1 Network since, wearing many different hats over the years; including working in the clinic, high school and college setting. He has professional experience, serving as the Athletic Trainer for the Saint Louis Steamers Indoor Soccer Team in the 1980's. He now is an administrator at Rehab1 Network, but stays active covering DuBourg High School and other events.

Athletic Training is Cool!

AllHealthCare.com has named Athletic Training as one of the "10 Coolest Jobs in Healthcare"

Here is the text of the article:

Athletic trainers help to prevent and treat injuries for everyone from Olympic athletes to industrial workers. Athletic trainers are often the first ones one the scene when an athlete is injured. They must be able to assess the situation and provide immediate care. Many athletic trainers are also involved in rehabilitation and reconditioning.
Athletic trainers work in many different environments – they are on the playing field, in the hospital, and at the gym. Athletic trainers must be able to have frequent interaction with a variety of people, from clients to physicians. They may work 60 hours weeks, or teach just a few hours a day.
Athletic training typically calls for at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Most athletic trainers have a master’s degree with broad knowledge of health and medicine. Almost every state requires athletic trainers to be licensed or registered through the Board of Certification.
Employment is expected to grow faster than the average career, roughly 24% by 2016. Most of the new jobs will be in hospitals and health practitioner offices, as well as fitness centers. There is also a greater emphasis on sports medicine, leading to greater acceptance of athletic trainers as healthcare professionals.