The Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) focuses on continuing the athletic training student’s education outside of the traditional classroom setting. The meetings are student run and organized focusing on the emphasis and reinforcement of the knowledge and principles taught throughout the various courses. Junior and senior members of the organization have the opportunity to act as peer instructors / mentors to some of the less experienced athletic training students. The organization also strives to enlighten the community to what an athletic trainer is and what role he or she can play in their community. Meetings also may include guest lecturers from other related health professions, who present information or demonstrations on a particular subject of expertise to expose students to new material. Some meetings are also organized to familiarize students with the NATA Board of Certification exam testing procedure along with valuable reviews of material for the examination.
“ATSO is a great way to begin the networking process and to work with your peers by educating each other.” – Margaret White. (AT student)
“ATSO has given me the professional experience to prepare for my a career in Athletic training.” – Brianna Frye
“I believe that in creating an athletic training student organization (ATSO), we are creating an opportunity for all athletic training students to converse on a different level. The ATSO allows younger students exposure to the upper level students and their experiences. It is developing a sense of family within the athletic training major. We plan to be active in community service projects, hosting other schools for educational meetings, and simply creating a name for the athletic training profession.” – Meneah Haworth
The University of Maine Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) is intended for the education, advising, career networking and support for students who take an active interest in careers pertaining to athletic training or sports medicine professions. By providing the necessary tools and required hands-on experience, students will gain an enhancement of education through exposure to resources that otherwise could be inaccessible. These resources include building relationships with medical professionals in specific fields of interest; preparing for the Na exam; making available information for future educational endeavors; and taking an active role on campus and throughout local communities. This organization aims to instill inspiration, pride and achievement in all aspects of the athletic training and sports medicine professions.
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