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 Bachelor 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 across all sports.
Theavis Cooper, M.S., LAT, ATC
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.