Athletic Training Club
The Ithaca Athletic Training Students Association had a busy year. It began with the welcome back BBQ in September 2015, followed by October’s pumpkin carving contest (which the senior class won). In December we held a Yogurtland fundraiser. In January we sent 18 senior and junior students to the Eastern Athletic Training Conference in Boston. Eight students presented their research and case studies. Our ankle-taping duo of Molly Awiszus and Caitlin O’Brien came in second among 20+ competitors, and Tyler Keith took home thirdrd place in the Quiz Bowl and qualified for the National Competition in June.
Later in January we hosted the second annual Kent Scriber EBM course; the club helped run the seminar and received funds from registration. In March, IATSA participated in #ThankanAT: athletes wrote thank you notes to their ATs and posted them on the wet room glass in the AT clinic. We also sold raffle tickets for three pieces of sports memorabilia (including a signed, game-worn Rudy Gay jersey) at every home sporting event. We fundraised by selling Bomber sports water bottles at every home game as well. To raise awareness for National Athletic Training Month, a PSA was distributed to the announcers to educate fans about the work of athletic trainers. IATSA also started an Instagram page on which several pictures of faculty and students preparing athletes for their events were posted; captions described why and how ATs do things. At the end of March, Chris Durr ’17 did a takeover of the college’s official Instagram account and posted several pictures about the life and importance of an ATS. To close out NATM, we have our annual cupcake wars—a battle of the classes voted upon by the preceptors. In April, IATSA also raised money for Relay for Life; many members walked to support cancer research. At the end of the academic year the association voted in new executive board members and made plans for the upcoming year.
Exercise Science Majors Club
The Exercise Science Majors club gives students multiple opportunities to apply knowledge learned in the classroom in practical settings. Students volunteered for the campus-wide event “No Pressure Blood Pressure,” which gave them the opportunity to practice clinical skills while educating the IC community about healthy blood pressure. Students also volunteered within the greater Ithaca community, specifically at the YMCA and at Island Health and Fitness, at triathlon events. Many club members also attended the American College of Sports Medicine regional conference, where student and professional research was presented. A few club members presented their own student research.