Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – March is designated as National Athletic Training Month. The theme of this yearÂ’s campaign is “Injury Assessment: The First Step in Treatment and Recovery.” In Marquette, Mayor Jerry Irby issued a proclamation to draw attention to the designated month and to raise awareness locally about the importance of athletic training.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Certified athletic trainers from the Marquette area were recognized at the Northern Michigan University home hockey game against Ohio State University. They included Julie Rochester, program director of athletic training education at NMU; Kris Rowe, assistant athletic trainer at NMU; Glenn Edgerton, clinical coordinator of athletic training education at NMU; and Merlin Bourgialli, athletic trainer at Upper Peninsula Sports Medicine and Therapy. NMU athletic training students athletic training students Molly Forester, Brindy Stiles and Bethany Vallar were also recognized.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  NMU offers a major in 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.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  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.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The National Athletic Training AssociationÂ’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.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  For more information on the NMU athletic training major or National Athletic Training Month, contact Julie Rochester at 906-227-2026.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman