ISU's athletic training graduates go on to the major leagues

February 6 2008

Indiana State University has one of the longest-running and most prestigious athletic training programs in the country, and its students and alumni are well-known throughout the industry for their expertise and preparedness for the real world.

Recent undergraduate students have earned positions in competitive internships with organizations such as the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts and the Cleveland Browns in Ohio, Clarian Hospital and Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis, and Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamos in Texas.

Recent bachelor’s degree graduates, after also earning their master’s degrees, have gone on to athletic training positions at the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals, the National Basketball Association’s Development League for the San Antonio Spurs, the University of Florida, the University of New Orleans and New Hope Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine in central Indiana.

Graduates of the master’s program have gone on to positions with the U.S. Olympic Committee and training centers, the NFL’s San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings, the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, the NBA’s New York Knicks, Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies and the NCAA.

Not to be confused with a personal trainer, a certified athletic trainer is a medical professional who is an expert in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and physical rehabilitation, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines. They have a minimum education of a bachelor’s degree, with 70 percent having a master’s degree or higher.

There are more than 100 students enrolled in ISU’s undergraduate athletic training program, and they hail from throughout the United States and the world.

The faculty and staff have research published in scholarly journals on a regular basis, and are highly respected by their colleagues in their areas of expertise.

Catherine Stemmans, athletic training associate professor and director of the entry-level program, said all of these things are what brought her here as a professor after she earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi.

“I remember thinking during my job interview that the department represented a forward-thinking and comprehensive combination of athletic training research, education and athlete-patient care,” she said. “The students are very passionate about their learning experiences, expressed both in their community engagement and clinical assignments, and their ideas for research.”

Although ISU offered athletic training courses since 1962, it was in 1969 that ISU made history, along with three other universities, by being recognized as the first undergraduate athletic training education programs in the United States.

In 1972, ISU became one of the first two graduate athletic training programs in the country, and the first to admit women. Indiana State University’s athletic training program continues to enjoy a national reputation with a network of alumni throughout the world at professional sports organizations, universities and in health care settings.

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CUTLINE: Jenna Silvey conducts a study on the effect of increasing intramuscular temperature on hamstring extensibility at ISU’s athletic training lab. Silvey is a 2007 graduate from the master’s program and is now employed as the clinical coordinator for athletic training at Graceland University in Iowa. (Drew Lurker/ISU)

CONTACT/WRITER: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University has one of the longest-running and most prestigious athletic training programs in the country, and its students and alumni are well-known throughout the industry for their expertise and preparedness for the real world.

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