Gannon Students, Faculty Celebrate Athletic Training Month Through Service
Posted: March 24, 2017
In celebration of National Athletic Training Month, students in
Gannon University's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program are
in the community helping athletes of all abilities to be their
On Sunday, March 26, Gannon MAT students will join their
counterparts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for an
afternoon of information involved with student-athletes.
The presentation, Advocating for Your Athlete, will be held from
1-3 p.m. at Gannon University's Recreation and Wellness Center, 130
W. Fourth St. Topics to be explored include heat-related illnesses,
asthma information and nutrition. Information on careers in
athletic training will also be available. The event, which is
sponsored by the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society, is free
and open to the public.
"The purpose of this event is to provide examples of how
athletic trainers work to keep participants safe every time they
step out on the field. From concussion evaluations and assessment,
proper equipment fitting techniques, recognition of emergency
conditions and eating to fuel the body, athletic trainers help
protect your athlete," said Rebecca Mokris, D.Ed., director of Gannon's
athletic training program.
Six MAT students were previously at three Erie bowling centers
on March 18 to provide first aid services for more than 300
athletes participating in the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania's
Western Bowling Sectional. The two events are among the variety of
clinical education learning opportunities for MAT students that
integrate experiential education into the curriculum.
At Gannon, athletic training students learn to apply a wide
variety of specific knowledge, skills and abilities in evidence-
based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical
examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness,
Gannon University is one of only three schools in Pennsylvania
recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training
Education as having a professional, accredited master's program and
the only one in the western part of the state. Gannon offers an
accelerated 3+2 program, which is a two-year post bachelor's
option. For more information about Gannon University's Master of
Athletic Training program, click here.