Hometown: Port Huron, Mich.
Meet Steve, an athletic training major who spent the spring semester doing his clinical rotation with the CMU football team. Steve, who dreams of working for the New England Patriots as an athletic trainer, says Central is helping him realize his long-term goals are entirely possible.
Steve was an athlete in high school, which he says helped him make the transition into pursuing a health care profession major. “I really wanted to stay around sports and help people. That was one of the main reasons I chose to major in athletic training.”
Practice makes perfect. “I knew it would be a challenge for me, and I wanted that challenge. I wanted to get into the undergraduate athletic training program at Central because I knew it would make me the best I could be in my profession. I think it’s the best education I could get.”
Stepping up to the court. “Pretty much everything we learn in class connects into our clinical rotation. We see a lot of different injuries in class, and then we see them in rotations while helping athletes through their injuries. You’re right on the field when it happens.”
Part of a team. “Everyone has their job, and your job is helping the athletes with things that they need. You interact with the athletes, you interact with the coaches, and you really are a part of the team. It’s exciting to be a part of that.”
CMU students on the field
Highlights of the athletic training program include:
- Classroom, internship and clinical experiences that prepare students for positions as entry-level certified athletic trainers.
- Faculty members who are certified athletic trainers and who are passionate about teaching and the athletic training profession.
- Upon program completion, eligibility to apply for the Board of Certification Inc. national certification examination for athletic trainers.
- Career development opportunities and activities through student groups such as the Student Athletic Trainers Organization.