Athletic training program honored by CATA

Athletic training and sports medicine students Timothy O'Brien, left, Megan Hetrick, Steven Gooler and Erin Adams educated the public at a March of Dimes fundraiser held at Quinnipiac.
Athletic training and sports medicine students Timothy O'Brien, left, Megan Hetrick, Steven Gooler and Erin Adams educated the public at a March of Dimes fundraiser held at Quinnipiac.
June 6, 2012 - The Connecticut Athletic Trainers' Association presented its 2012 Athletic Training Education Program Service Award to the athletic training and sports medicine program at Quinnipiac University during its annual meeting on May 22 at Central Connecticut State University.

CATA created the award this year to encourage athletic training students to become more active in their professional and local communities by educating the public about the athletic training profession. CATA lauded Quinnipiac's athletic training and sports medicine program for volunteering and raising awareness about athletic training at several venues, including at the Connecticut Legislature, a New Britain Rock Cats game and March of Dimes and Walk-For-Thought fundraisers held at Quinnipiac. CATA also credited Quinnipiac students for attending its annual symposium.

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patients and clients' activity. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, assessment and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

The minimum qualifications to become a certified athletic trainer include graduation with a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited athletic training education program and passing a comprehensive certification examination administered by the board of certification. Once certified, athletic trainers are required to complete ongoing continuing education to remain certified.  Athletic trainers in Connecticut are licensed by the state Department of Public Health.