Students in Logan University’s Master’s in Athletic Training (MAT) program dive into the day-to-day operations of a variety of athletic training environments through immersive clinical experiences. In fact, MAT students at Logan spend up to 90 percent of their time working directly with athletic trainers in the field.
As part of a series of blog posts featuring preceptors for Logan’s MAT program, we sat down with Meredith Dill, MS, ATC, head athletic trainer at Missouri Baptist University, to learn more about her career and what athletic training students can expect at her site.
Why did you get into the profession of athletic training?
I got into athletic training because I think the human body is an amazing vessel. I find it intriguing how it functions, responds to stresses and recovers. I wanted to go into a profession that focuses on the human body, but I also wanted to be able to help others. Athletic training combines those two aspects.
What setting do you currently work in, and what does a typical day look like for you?
I currently work at the university level. A typical day consists of doing evaluations and rehabilitations with student athletes. There is also prep time for practices, providing health care services during practices and post-practice treatments. Intertwined into all my interactions with student athletes, I handle administrative duties, including injury notes, communication with physicians, scheduling appointments for student athletes, relaying injury updates to coaches and more. No two days are the same!
What can an athletic training student expect to gain from their time at your site?
They can expect be exposed to a diverse body of student athletes, a variety of sports and different approaches to rehabilitation programs as well as gain hands-on experience in a fast-paced, high-energy environment. They will also be challenged, respected and encouraged to apply the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom to real life situations. Students will also be exposed to a team centered approach for running an athletic training facility.
What is one of your all-time favorite experiences as an athletic trainer?
It was incredible winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship with the Missouri Baptist University women’s volleyball team and knowing my hard work throughout that season to keep the student athletes performing at a high level paid off.
If you could provide any advice to potential athletic training students, what would it be?
Be involved in as much as you can and take full advantage of doing evaluations and creating rehab programs during your clinical experience. Don’t be afraid to fail, use your knowledge and apply yourself. Always ask questions, work hard, challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. Take in every moment!
What is your favorite aspect of being a preceptor for athletic training students?
Having the opportunity to show, teach, mold and encourage them to learn the world of athletic training, to be the best athletic trainer they can be and letting them see firsthand why athletic training is my passion is the best part of what I do.
Get in touch with Logan’s admissions team today to learn more about the Master’s in Athletic Training program.