In honor of National Athletic Training Month (March), students Danielle Hargate and Matt Pretet, juniors, created a promotional video to promote awareness of what athletic trainers do.
According to Hargate, a professional video is a big step for the program, which is in the process of becoming accredited. Initially, Pretet reached out to Stan Silvey, who oversees SEC Network Digital productions for MU’s Athletic Department. Silvey then put the students in contact with journalism student Madison Brophy, who guided them through the video production process.
In addition to the video, the students fundraised through a profit share with Shakespeare’s Pizza. The proceeds will help send athletic training students to district and national conventions.
The students also promoted athletic training by setting up Gatorade cooler “hydration stations” in Speakers Circle on campus. According to Hargate, this allows them to educate other students about heat illness prevention, provide information about the athletic training program and to help change the misconception that athletic trainers are only “water girls.”
“We’re trying to let people know that we actually do a lot more than just hydrate our athletes,” Pretet said.
Across the country, athletic training programs like MU’s are growing – in students and career opportunities (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
“This program is building to me into what I want to be,” Hargate said. “It’s helping me learn to do what I want to do.”