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 athletic-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 healthcare 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
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Lauren Self begins her third year as the head athletic trainer for Co-Lin. Self graduated from the University of West Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and was NATA-BOC certified in the same year.
Self 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 University, Self moved to a head athletic trainer role at Alcorn State University, covering all 17 varsity sports. After Alcorn State, Self worked at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven. Entering her eighth year as a trainer, Self brings an abundance of knowledge and work experience to help all of Co-Lin’s student-athletes. She currently serves as the public relations representative of the Mississippi Athletic Trainers Association to the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association.
Theavis Cooper, M.S., LAT, ATC
Theavis Cooper, of Brookhaven, MS, begins his second year as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for Co-Lin in 2018. Cooper graduated from Alcorn State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in pre-physical therapy. He graduated in May 2017 from Texas A&M University with a Master of Science in Athletic Training and was BOC certified upon graduation.
While at Alcorn Theavis worked with the 2014 SWAC Champion Football Team and the Braves Baseball team as a student. As a graduate student at Texas A&M, Cooper worked with the Aggie Baseball, Football, and 2017 NCAA and SEC Champion Track Teams.
Athletic Training Facility
Completed in 2006, the athletic training 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.
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