Wednesday, October 2, 2019

STIP Student Don Cederland Studied Sports Medicine under the National Athletic Trainers Association

Research is a large part of our degree path and career field, so staying up to date on the latest evidence-based practice is imperative. Diving into conducting and gaining more experience will make me not only a better researcher but also a more knowledgeable clinician. Furthermore, Having the experience will help with job opportunities to further expand in the field of research, or create more opportunities within the fields we are currently working.

I would like to become an educator within academia and to have the knowledge and understanding to teach younger generations within health and science. In addition, constantly staying up to date with current practices as a requirement through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), helps to maintain our license and certifications. Every week, we would meet Monday through Thursday. Monday and Wednesday would be the movement and fitness testing and baseline data collection, along with an educational/ research discussion meeting. Tuesday and Thursday were lab services at the Sports medicine assessment and research testing lab, where we would conduct VO2-max tests, resting metabolic rate assessments, and body mass assessments.

The biggest learning curve for myself during this summer was the meticulous data collection and making sure that everything matched up. Having a standard to follow helps but things are subjective when dealing with a group of people. Making sure everyone follows the same protocol when documenting data and stating that when writing our research.