Gannon Students, Faculty Celebrate Athletic Training Month Through Service

Posted: March 24, 2017

In celebration of National Athletic Training Month, students in Gannon University's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program are in the community helping athletes of all abilities to be their best.

On Sunday, March 26, Gannon MAT students will join their counterparts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for an afternoon of information involved with student-athletes.

The presentation, Advocating for Your Athlete, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Gannon University's Recreation and Wellness Center, 130 W. Fourth St. Topics to be explored include heat-related illnesses, asthma information and nutrition. Information on careers in athletic training will also be available. The event, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society, is free and open to the public.

"The purpose of this event is to provide examples of how athletic trainers work to keep participants safe every time they step out on the field. From concussion evaluations and assessment, proper equipment fitting techniques, recognition of emergency conditions and eating to fuel the body, athletic trainers help protect your athlete," said Rebecca Mokris, D.Ed., director of Gannon's athletic training program.

Six MAT students were previously at three Erie bowling centers on March 18 to provide first aid services for more than 300 athletes participating in the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania's Western Bowling Sectional. The two events are among the variety of clinical education learning opportunities for MAT students that integrate experiential education into the curriculum.

At Gannon, athletic training students learn to apply a wide variety of specific knowledge, skills and abilities in evidence- based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions.

Gannon University is one of only three schools in Pennsylvania recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education as having a professional, accredited master's program and the only one in the western part of the state. Gannon offers an accelerated 3+2 program, which is a two-year post bachelor's option. For more information about Gannon University's Master of Athletic Training program, click here