Throughout the month of March, UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program, the Association of Athletic Training Students (AATS), and the Athletic Training Students for Brain Safety (ATSBS) hosted and participated in a number of campus and community events in support of National Athletic Training Month.
National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about all that athletic trainers do. This year's theme was, "Your Protection is Our Priority.” Highlights from the past month include:
• Public service announcements sponsored by UW-Madison's Athletic Training Program ran on radio stations throughout Wisconsin. (To listen to a brain safety public service announcement, click here.)
• Students from the AATS and ATBS hosted an informational booth at the District 4 Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Meeting in Chicago and encouraged other universities to create Brain Safety chapters.
• Students from Pat Hills-Meyer’s Organization and Administration of AT Programs went to the Wisconsin State Capitol to visit with senate and assembly members to discuss AT issues and promote the AT profession.
• The ATSBS group participated in the Children's Safety Day at the Madison Children's Museum promoting bike helmet safety and concussion awareness.
• Students, staff, and alumni participated in several social media promotions on the Athletic Training Program’s Twitter account @UWMad_ATProgram.
“Our students are every engaged at the local, regional, and national level in promoting the profession and the program at UW-Madison," says UW-Madison AT Program Director Andy Winterstein.
Adds Winterstein: ”They see the value of athletic training as a health care profession and the public health impact of prevention programs; they will be care providers that make a difference.”
UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.