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

To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention and rehabilitation, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.

While the University of Illinois does not offer a degree in athletic training that qualifies students to become certified athletic trainers, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics does utilize Athletic Training Student Aides to assist in the daily operations of the athletic training rooms. Athletic Training Student Aides are student volunteers that observe, learn, and assist the certified athletic trainers in the care and rehabilitation of varsity student-athletes. This clinical experience is valuable for students wishing to pursue careers in healthcare fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and orthopedic medicine.

Being an Athletic Training Student Aide

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
No prior experience or training is necessary. General knowledge of human anatomy is helpful. First Aid and CPR certification is required. If you are not certified in First Aid and CPR, we will assist you in acquiring certification.

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED?

  • Professional attire (U of I shirt/Khaki pants or shorts of appropriate length)
  • Professional conduct
  • Punctuality
  • Active Learning

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Generally, student Aides will volunteer 10-20 hours per week in the athletic training room. A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required to be a student Aide.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Applications are accepted throughout the year based on department demands. The deadline for application submittal is November 1st to be considered for the Spring Semester and April 1st to be considered for the Fall Semester.

Application Materials:
The following application materials must be completed and submitted before a student will be considered:

Interviews:
The Sports Medicine Staff will review applications and offer interviews to qualified applicants.

  • Applicants are required to interview with members of the sports medicine staff.
  • Interviews will be conducted in early December for the students beginning Spring Semester and late April for the following academic year.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for students who are:

  • Dedicated to promoting the health of our student athletes.
  • Excited to learn about athletic injuries and sports medicine.
  • Willing to treat the position as a priority.
  • Committed to developing as a future healthcare professional.

For more information contact:
Mary "Sam" Laingen
Associate Athletic Trainer
mlaingen@illinois.edu
217-300-7124

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