The UC Davis Athletic Training Internship is a volunteer internship involving a 1 to 3 year commitment, working about 15 hours per week in addition to many weekends. Most of the knowledge gained by students comes from their self-motivation and willingness to go beyond the basic requirements. The goal of this program is to provide an avenue for those students interested in an allied health profession to gain valuable clinical education in a "hands on" environment. It is ideal for any student interested in a graduate program in athletic training, as well as any medical or allied medical profession.
NOTE: UC Davis does not have an approved CAAHEP curriculum in athletic training, but does provide a quality internship experience to prepare a student to enter graduate school in athletic training or another allied health field.
The typical job of a student athletic trainer varies based on the student's prior experience and their year in the internship program. The internship begins in early August. The student accepted into the program is highly encouraged to take advantage of the August opportunities. Most students spend 2 to 3 years within the program to obtain the most benefits. The first year student learns: taping techniques, basic evaluation procedures, use of rehabilitation modalities, implementation of rehabilitation programs, and some team responsibilities. The second year student begins work with a team assignment, which includes travel, design of rehabilitation programs, a working knowledge of modalities, and more refined evaluation skills. The third year student athletic trainer begins to master the art of Athletic Training and healthcare. These students have the opportunity to be a resource for teaching first and second year interns evaluation techniques, rehabilitation skills, and skills to work with teams.
In order to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC), a person must graduate from an accredited undergraduate or graduate curriculum in athletic training. Included in this coursework is a comprehensive clinical experience working under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. The student must complete clinical experiences in rehabilitation as well as "on field" injury evaluations. Certified athletic trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the NATA Board of Certification. There are numerous programs in the undergraduate realm and a growing number of graduate programs nationally. More information can be found through the NATA website: www.nata.org
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