Where it’s (AT): Athletic training student shares benefits of entering the field after winning prestigious scholarship
Daemen College athletic training (AT) student Jessica Baun has been awarded a scholarship from the National Research and Education Foundation Scholarship, just recently after winning the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl.
Baun, who is set to represent the National Athletic Trainers’ Association District 2 in the National Student Quiz Bowl in June, said winning the prestigious scholarship is both “an honor and a blessing,” which will not only help contribute to her educational funds, but will also help her continue growing her professional network within the AT field.
A national distinction, the scholarship is sponsored by the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and offered through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. It is given to a professional master’s student with a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.2 (based on a 4.0 scale).
With all of Baun’s success, we asked her to share some of the top benefits of studying athletic training.
Combining two passions: sports and medicine
Athletic trainers have the opportunity to work in a field they feel truly passionate about. Not only do they provide medical assistance and help change lives, they also support people to excel and follow their dreams along their athletic career.
“I have always loved sports and medicine, and athletic training gives me an opportunity to work in a setting with both,” Baun said. “I think athletic training offers a unique field to provide care for many athletes and active individuals.”
Many career options
Athletic trainers are employed everywhere from colleges and universities, to professional sports, the military and the performing arts. Opportunities are present in industrial and commercial settings, allowing for plenty of career options.
Baun added that she hopes to work as an athletic trainer in a collegiate setting after graduation, and highly recommends athletic training to anyone interested in providing care to any active population.
“AT is a very diverse field of healthcare. It offers a wide variety of work settings,” she shared.
Rewarding feeling of guiding patients from injury to recovery
Athletic trainers are often present when their patients are injured during the game or practice—and can respond immediately, beginning the critical step-by-step process of their recovery.
“As an athletic trainer, you have a unique ability to be involved in the care of your patients from start to finish,” Baun said.
Having seen what happened first-hand provides athletic trainers with valuable insight on the injury, and therefore helps them respond and treat in the best way possible.
For more information on studying the field of athletic training and its benefits, check out Daemen’s Athletic Training program, and learn more about how you can benefit from this degree.
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