Athletic training students donate first-aid kits to Marietta YMCA

During March, athletic trainers across America were recognized for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active.

As such, the Athletic Training students at Marietta College created and a few select students distributed eight first-aid kits to the Marietta Family YMCA. The kits had basic first-aid needs such as Band-Aids, gauze, cold packs, tweezers and tape.

The Athletic Training Department has a close relationship with the YMCA. They are able to hold pool workouts with teams, use the pool for rehabilitation, among other services the YMCA has provided.

Jaclyn Schwieterman, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, knows all too well the importance of community involvement. “We have to work closely with the community in order to build a lasting relationship.”

She says the athletic trainers also hope to bring a greater awareness to their profession.

Athletic trainers are licensed health care professionals. Highly educated and dedicated to the job at hand, athletic trainers can be found in high schools and colleges, corporations, professional sports, the military, performing arts and clinics, hospitals and physician offices. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, recognition, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

“We are there to help the athlete at the time of injury, to rehabbing that injury and hopefully to see a full return to play,” Schwieterman said. “We don’t just give out water or stand on a sideline. We are health-care professionals there first hand throughout the athletes injury and healing process.”