Too often athletic trainers will be silent, sitting in the back, to “be seen and not heard”… but what does that do for us? Perpetuate a lack of understanding about what we do? Allow people to label us as technicians and not highly educated rehabilitation science clinicians? Limit our scope of practice and our ability to be valued (as both human and fiscal capital)?
As a young professional, you may be saying to yourself ‘I don’t understand politics’ or ‘Politicians are promise-breakers and nothing I do will ever get done’. The NATA, OUR ORGANIZATION, uses the PAC with leaders who understand politicians and lobbying who act FOR US. Now, it is our job to take the reins and begin the grass root efforts. Join the PAC TODAY!
Zachary Winkelmann, LAT, ATC & Lindsey E. Eberman PhD, LAT, ATC