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AT Students Stand Out at SEATA Symposium



Lee University athletic training students recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in the Athletic Training Student Symposium (ATSS), hosted by the Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Association (SEATA).

During the conference, over 900 undergraduate and graduate students seeking athletic training certification gathered to participate in various activities designed to foster the growth of athletic training students.

Lee seniors Stephan (Levi) Moffett and Emily Skipper were two of only eight students selected to deliver oral presentations on clinical case studies. Moffett presented on the spontaneous healing of a college volleyball player, and Skipper’s study explored the surgical repair of a lower back muscle tear in a professional baseball pitcher.

Additionally, Lee’s team, the Smashing Lumpkins, competed in the ATSS quiz bowl competition against 23 other teams. Participating teams answered questions related to athletic training and were scored on quickness and correctness of responses. The Smashing Lumpkins took tenth place, but not before holding their own for a moment at first.

“Besides being on the first quiz bowl team for Lee and doing well against other schools that were there, I got to learn valuable information from some of the best athletic trainers in the world,” said Luis Rodas, Lee AT major. “This trip was an amazing experience due to the people that went on the trip and the people I met at SEATA.”

According to Dr. Kelly Lumpkin, Lee’s AT program director, the success of the current undergraduate athletic training program is smoothing the transition into the first semester of Lee’s upcoming Masters of Science in Athletic Training program. The MSAT program will begin May 2018 but applications are being accepted beginning fall 2017. Another new program, PRE-AT, will allow students to pursue an emphasis area in athletic training at the undergraduate level.

The SEATA is a non-profit organization that is committed to enhancing the quality of healthcare provided by certified athletic trainers and to advancing the athletic training profession. The ATSS welcomes experimental research, case studies, and other research projects regarding athletic training from students seeking athletic training certification.

For more information, visit SEATA.

For more information about Lee’s Athletic Training Program , contact Lumpkin at (423) 614-8474 or klumpkin@leeuniversity.edu.

Students Present at SEATA
Pictured here at the SEATA symposium are (kneeling, left to right) Levi Moffett, Luis Rodas, (standing, left to right) Dr. Taz Kicklighter, Mekaela Byker, Austin Weinzetl, Olivia Spuler, Emily Skipper, Joe Busic, Alyssa Slagle, and Dr. Kelly Lumpkin.


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