THE ATC PROFESSION
Athletic Training is an allied health profession that falls under a vast scope of sports medicine professions recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA). Certified athletic trainers (ATC's) are highly educated and skilled professionals specializing in the prevention, recognition, management and rehabilitation of athletics-related injuries. They work in cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel to ensure the health of physically active individuals in secondary schools, colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industries and other health care environments.
For years, any college or university could have an athletic training program. But as of Jan. 1, 2004, such programs are now certified by the Commission on Accreditation of the Athletic Training Education.
Students who want to become a certified athletic trainer receive an estimated 800 hours of practical experience under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer, obtain a four-year degree in a CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Program and successfully complete the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
Lauren Self, LAT, ATC - Head Athletic Trainer
Lauren Self, of Birmingham, AL, begins her first year as the Head Athletic Trainer for Co-Lin in 2016. Self Graduated from the University of West Alabama in 2009 with a BS of Science in Athletic Training and was NATA-BOC certified in the same year.
Lauren spent two years working and gaining experience at Alabama A&M University as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer working with softball, soccer, and basketball from 2009-2011. Following her time at Alabama A&M Univeristy, Self moved to a Head Athletic Trainer role at Alcorn State Univeristy. Self honed her skills as she covered all 17 sports that the school offered. After Alcorn State, Self worked at King's Daughters Medical Center working with high school coverage. Now entering her seventh year as a trainer, Lauren brings an abundance of education and work experience to Copiah-Lincoln to help better all of our Wolves accross all sports.
Jill Koenig, MS, LAT, ATC - Assistant Athletic Trainer
A native of the Midwest who has now put down roots in Southwest Mississippi, Jill Koenig begins her fourth year as the assistant athletic trainer. She is a graduate of Ohio University and Indiana State University. She received a Master’s of Science in Physical Education from Ohio University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Education-Sports Studies from Indiana State University.
While at Indiana State, she was assigned to help train the softball team her senior year. At Ohio University, she was a graduate assistant at Athens High School. She interned at Lafayette Rehabilitation Services in Indiana.
She also worked as a certified athletic trainer and a physical therapy aide at Orthopedic Rehab Specialist and a staff athletic trainer at MedHealth Wellness Center, both in Michigan. She is currently employed at King’s Daughters Medical Center.
Ashley Bounds, MS, LAT, ATC - Assistant Athletic Trainer
Ashley Bounds joins the Wolves training staff for her first year in 2016. The Magee native graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in 2012 after cheering and playing softball for the Lady Wolves. Ashley went on to receive a BS in Science of Athletic Training from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2015.
After school, Bounds began working for King's Daughter Medical Center in Brookhaven where she covered local high schools and multiple sports. Ashley joins a young training staff at Co-Lin that looks to provide the best care for all athletes across all 10 sports.
Athletic Training Facility
Completed in 2006, the athletic traiing room is located in the Frank Pitts Field House in the north end of H. L. Stone Stadium. Student athletics receive treatment for injuries and physical therapy.