March is National Athletic Training Month

March 5, 2019

March is National Athletic Training MonthWanting to recognize the efforts of athletic trainers across the globe, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) began National Athletic Training Month in the year 2000 in order to promote the role and importance of athletic trainers who work in a variety of settings including professional sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics, hospitals, etc. This year's theme is "AT’s are Health Care".

Athletic trainers must be certified and hold at least a bachelor's degree, they focus primarily on injury prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. Most programs will be requiring a master’s degree in the near future as the career has evolved. Athletic trainers are important to the health care team as they aim to lessen the burden on the public and private healthcare systems.

Cowley College is fortunate to have head athletic trainer Jeff Fluty and assistant athletic trainer Blake Smith on staff.

“Being an Athletic Trainer is an incredibly rewarding experience that I would never trade,” Smith said. “That being said, not everyone can do this job as the hours and travel are very demanding. Working at Cowley makes it all worth it because of the coaches, athletes, and the success our programs have on and off the court, field, track, and mat.”

This year the Cowley athletic training program has seven student trainers that are learning under Fluty and Smith. The student trainers assist in providing care to the large number of student athletes that perform and compete at Cowley.

“Jeff and I’s students this year have a lot of potential and are invaluable to us when providing care for our almost 400 athletes,” Smith said.

To celebrate National Athletic Training Month, the Cowley sports medicine staff will be hosting a March Madness bracket challenge later this month for students, staff, and faculty.