Several attendees chose to get started at the NATA Annual Meeting before it officially began, with Tuesday’s pre-conference career workshops. Over 130 athletic trainers learned new skills or gathered knowledge to help them on the job at these special early sessions.
Workshop topics ranged from public safety (working with emergency services personnel) to performing arts (conveying information about injuries). There were also sessions on the business of athletic training, and new fields for athletic trainers, such as physician extenders. Participants were able to choose workshops that were of interest to them, or that would help them in their careers.
“We just hired a new orthopedic surgeon, and he’s very interested in hiring an athletic trainer as a physician extender,” Troy VanBlaricum, ATC, told the NATA News. “I’m trying to bring back information for our management about what an athletic trainer can do as a physician extender.”
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