MARQUETTE - March has been designated as National Athletic Training Month. The theme of this year's awareness campaign is "Prevention: Avoid Injury-Stay Active."At Northern Michigan University, athletic training students sharpen their prevention techniques by working with various athletic teams at Northern, attending lectures on new advancements in rehabilitation and prevention, and volunteering with organizations such as "Think First for Kids" and the "Safe Kids" bicycle helmet fitting program in Marquette schools. Athletic trainers assist not only athletes, but people of all ages and statures. They are commonly employed by sports medicine clinics, hospitals, universities and high schools. Athletic trainers are educated in prevention techniques such as taping, stretching, brace fitting, and recognizing injuries. In addition to their work in the training room, athletic trainers may be involved in community education programs on preventative techniques for activities associated with daily living. The National Athletic Training Association's mission is to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity, and to advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. NMU's program is designed to prepare students for the NATA certification examination. For more information on the NMU athletic training major, visit www.nmu.edu/hper or contact Julie Rochester, program director, at (906) 227-2026. For more information on the NATA, go to www.nata.org.