Students practice in athletic training facility.Students practice in athletic training facility.

Concordia University Wisconsin officials today announced that the university has established an Athletic Training Education Program Endowment for students who are enrolled in the University’s Athletic Training Education Program. The announcement comes during National Athletic Training month.

According to Russ DeLap, program director of the Athletic Training Education Program, “A higher education is expensive, and with this in mind, the university created this endowment to give back to the students that work hard.”

Concordia’s Athletic Training Education Program received its initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in fall 2004. The Athletic Training Education Program has been in existence for 3 years.

Approximately 45 students are currently enrolled in the program. Athletic training is a  profession that is closely related to orthopedic physical therapy. The first athletic trainers worked for universities and professional sports teams. Now some athletic trainers work for businesses in the industrial area to help with employee injuries and the U.S. military is increasing its use of athletic trainers.  DeLap estimates that 40 to 50 percent work in hospitals and medical clinics, and some are now assisting doctors as “physician extenders.”

Certified Athletic Trainers are medical experts in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession.

For more information on Concordia’s Athletic Training Education Program, students can visit the ATEP web site.People interested in contributing to this scholarship fund should contact Russell DeLap at 262-243-4323.

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