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 Mike Tzianos, MEd, LAT, ATC, certified athletic trainer at Mercy Sports Medicine, to learn more about his career and what athletic training students can expect at his site.
Why did you get into the profession of athletic training?
I find the profession of athletic training fulfilling. Being in the secondary school setting gives me the opportunity to work with youth athletes. Helping young student athletes and providing guidance when dealing with injuries and conditions is an amazing experience because you ultimately get that student athlete back to doing what they love.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day involves administrative tasks in the morning such as emails, phone calls and documentation and then onsite athletic training services in the afternoons and evenings. Onsite services include the evaluation, treatment and management of injuries and illnesses, acute emergency care and practice and event coverage.
What can an athletic training student expect to gain from their time at your site?
At my clinical site, students will be immersed in the field of athletic training and be able to utilize their clinical skills on patients under the direct supervision of the preceptor. Honing skills and building confidence are key components of the experience at my clinical site.
What is one of your all-time favorite experiences as an athletic trainer?
Being an athletic trainer can expose you to diverse opportunities. Some of my most memorable experiences include serving as a summer intern for the St. Louis Rams, assisting with multiple large high school and college championship sporting events and helping with the St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Camp.
If you could provide any advice to potential athletic training students, what would it be?
Seek observational opportunities with local athletic trainers and in multiple settings.
What is your favorite aspect of being a preceptor for athletic training students?
Education and life-long learning is a passion of mine. Serving as a preceptor for athletic training students gives me the opportunity to provide an immersive experience in the secondary school setting and allows me to guide students along their educational journey.
Get in touch with Logan’s admissions team today to learn more about the Master’s in Athletic Training program.