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Ruth Young

Master’s in Athletic Training Preceptors Q&A: Ruth Young

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 Ruth Young, athletic trainer at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, Missouri, 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 didn’t know what athletic training was until I got to college. Originally, I planned to go into physical therapy, but after I saw what athletic trainers did, I was sold. I’ve always loved athletics—in high school, I ran track and played volleyball and softball, and I played basketball throughout college. I’ve also suffered my fair share of sports-related injuries, so the idea of helping other athletes recover and getting them back to doing what they love was appealing to me.

What setting do you work in currently, and what does a typical day look like for you?

Being in a high school setting, I go to work toward the end of the school day so students can visit me for injury consultation. I’m also on duty during athletic events, including practices and games, to provide assistance in the event of an injury. I handle administrative duties like documentation and scheduling appointments for athletes as well.

What can an athletic training student expect to gain from their time at your site?

The most important thing athletic training students take away from their time with me is an understanding of what it’s like to be an athletic trainer at a high school where you spend more time working in the afternoons and evenings, and you treat younger people instead of adults. Getting hands-on experience and practice in this environment is the only way to find out whether or not it is right for you.

What is one of your all-time favorite experiences as an athletic trainer?

I interned and worked full time with the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Indiana Fever for five years. It was a great learning experience for me, and I loved the athletes I worked with. They helped lay the foundation for my athletic training career and are one of the reasons I like helping others and giving back.

If you could provide any advice to potential athletic training students, what would it be?

Try to do as much shadowing as you can. There are many different ways you can serve as an athletic trainer, from high school to college to industrial to clinical. Gain experience in the settings you’re interested in working in to find out if it’s what you really want to do.

What is your favorite aspect of being a preceptor for athletic training students?

I love sharing my knowledge, but I also like when students teach me because athletic training is an ever-evolving field. At the beginning of their time with me, I tell them that I want them to teach me at least one thing I know nothing about before their preceptorship ends. I also enjoy watching them grow and gain confidence in themselves.

Get in touch with Logan’s admissions team today to learn more about the Master’s in Athletic Training program.