Rising Above: The UM Athletic Training Program

Rising Above: The UM Athletic Training Program


My name is Jeff Spaulding. My name is Erika Stinchcomb. My name is Laura Addy. The UM Athletic Training Program is one of the
most highly regarded in the Pacific Northwest. My motivation to be an athletic trainer is mostly that I
love the profession. I love taking care of athletes. When you see someone get injured, everyone’s going, “oh,
my God. What’s, what’s going to happen?” You get to be that calm in the storm and you get
to spend, you know, the weeks with them getting them back and go from limping on crutches and not able
to walk to back to full play. The athletic classes specifically are amazing. It’s a very close-knit
group. You get very specific classes like, upper extremity, lower extremity, therapeutic modalities, rehab. The classroom
really mirrors the clinical side of things. It’s very practical knowledge, which I love. I love the hands-on learning. Our senior year, our second year in the program, we
get to pick what our main rotation is and hopefully that can make us more marketable
for the career we want to have. I would describe my clinical experiences as being hands-on. I from
day one have been able to work first-hand with athletes. I’ve been out at a physical therapy clinic and
I’m going out to a high school later this semester. The networking here is amazing. I have so many contacts that
I can get a job or at least a reference. It’s a pretty small community and everyone kind of helps each other out. They think of me as an individual rather than a student and it really makes me feel like part of the family. One thing I think everybody applying to this program should
know is that everybody here is really dedicated to what they do. Everybody really likes it and
they’re really passionate about teaching and providing good health care to their athletes. It takes so many aspects of being a health professional
and kind of rolls it all into one. I have all the confidence in the world in my advisors, my
faculty, that they’re going to have my prepared come graduation in time to take my certification exams. Our passing rate for the B.O.C., which is the examination we
have to take to become certified athletic trainers, the past two years, has been one-hundred percent and the national average is 80. I don’t think there’s an experience in the country
like the University of Montana Athletic Training Program. For more information, call 406-243-2703 or visit coehs.umt.edu/umat.

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