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Message From Head Athletic Trainer

Our student athletic trainer "corps" here at Lafayette consists of two different groups of college students, those getting paid and those doing a clinical rotation. The 15-20, primarily work-study, students typically have some type of interest in Sports Medicine; this paid internship is paid through work-study with the college. The staff ATC's hold bi-monthly luncheons for those students to teach them as much about Sports Medicine as they want to learn. Ultimately, they end up assisting the staff ATC's with game and practice preparation, contest coverage, and in the rehabilitation setting; they also occasionally travel with athletic teams.

In addition to those Lafayette College students, we're also an approved clinical setting for curriculum Athletic Training students from East Stroudsburg University; at least 2 students are assigned to us each semester from ESU for their clinical experience. They (unfortunately for them) do not get paid for their hours, as their assignment to us is part of the overall clinical portion of their education. However, their function as students is no different from any other; when it comes to set-ups, preparation, or coverage, there is a job to be done as expeditiously and professionally as possible. Yet when a clinical "teachable moment" presents itself, those getting paid - they may very well look upon this as simply their job - have no obligation of participating.

Matt Bayly
Head Athletic Trainer