Helping athletes reach their potential
Kayla loves her work as an athletic trainer, which is greatly impacted by her student experience at Northwestern. Now she's helping Northwestern athletes reach their dreams by keeping them healthy and performing at their optimal level.
I chose athletic training because it combined a lot of my passions. Sports and athletics have been a passion of mine since I was little. I also have always loved caring for people and helping someone with whatever they may need. I love being an AT because of the relationships that I get to build with the athletes and coaches that I work with. It is exciting to see them pursue their dreams and help them reach their potential by keeping them healthy so they can perform at their optimal level.
Prepared for success
Northwestern is a college that challenges you in so many different aspects of your life. Through all my classes I was challenged on the course material as well as how it affects or applies to my faith. All of my professors truly cared about me and wanted me to succeed. My athletic training and kinesiology professors were amazing. Each class was taught with in-depth information that they knew I would need to know in order to be successful in my career and the BOC exam. The BOC is academic-based and my professors made sure we knew everything that we would need to know in order to succeed and become a certified athletic trainer.
I love being an AT because of the relationships that I get to build with the athletes and coaches that I work with. It is exciting to see them pursue their dreams and help them reach their potential by keeping them healthy so they can perform at their optimal level.
When I was in the athletic training program there was a learning opportunity every single day whether it be in the classroom, the athletic training clinic, or out at practices and games. Athletic training students participate in 800+ hours of hands-on experience. Working with each sports team allowed me to see new skills, ways of dealing with patients, and learn some important lessons. Each day I learned something new in the areas of injury prevention, injury diagnosis, emergency care, therapeutic intervention, and health care administration. I was so blessed to be given the opportunity to receive so many hands-on hours that allowed me to build my skills before joining the workforce.
Caring for the whole athlete
The integration of faith into the athletic training program taught me so much, a lot of which comes into practice today as an athletic trainer. We look at the patient as more than just an athlete but as a person as a whole. There are so many times where athletic trainers have to present bad news to our patients that keep them out of sports for a period of time or can even end their season or athletic career. It is during those moments where you have to realize the bigger picture and see that they are more than just an athlete, they are a person who is dealing with something difficult. By showing love and compassion we can help them to overcome their feelings of sadness and help them along their journey to return to their sport.