ST. LOUIS – The Journal of Athletic Training and The Athletic Training Education Journal, two scholarly, peer-reviewed publications of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) will make their home at Saint Louis University, according to the association’s president, Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES. In a nod to the University’s expanding national presence, Thornton visited SLU earlier this semester to talk about the “Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights” as well as sports-related health concerns that athletic trainers are well-positioned to help solve.
SLU’s athletic training education program, begun only five years ago, has quickly reached the ranks of a top flight program in a field that itself has gained visibility and importance in ensuring the health of athletes at all levels of play. In particular, athletic trainers are heralded as a part of the solution to sports related concussions, a grave and growing concern, especially in high impact sports like football and hockey.
|SLU AT students managing a simulated on-field emergency.|
SLU’s athletic training faculty and students have served as advocates and leaders in the region, state and beyond. In its five year history, the program has hosted a sudden cardiac death conference for the region, partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Missouri to host a seminar on sports related concussions, and hosted the state meeting for athletic trainers twice. Students have been advocates, as well, lobbying in Jefferson City in support of athletic training legislation in the Missouri Senate.
|Brain Injury Association of Missouri Meeting in Spring 2012.|
|SLU AT students and faculty at 2012 NCAA Regional Men's Basketball in St. Louis.|