Is there a doctor in the house?! Well, almost. You may or may not have met Stephanie CAT(C), our resident DAT in training. Stephanie has been very busy continuing her learning career and we are so proud of what she is accomplishing. Read below to get a glimpse of what she has been up to.
Entering the Final Lap of My Athletic Training Doctorate Journey at FIU
“As we step into 2024, I’m thrilled to share the latest on my pursuit of a Doctor of Athletic Training degree at Florida International University (FIU). But first, what’s a DAT? It’s a Doctor of Athletic Training degree, equipping therapists and trainers with know-how for various roles, from academics to entrepreneurship to global leadership.
Athletic therapy in Canada is gaining ground, recognized as a go-to option for therapy and reconditioning. The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA), the Ontario Athletic Therapists Association (OATA), and the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) all have plans for advocacy of athletic therapy/training. My DAT journey aligns with these efforts, especially my capstone project, “Advocacy of Athletic Therapy in Canada,” aiming to complement and amplify advocacy plans.
Residency Events: Where Theory Meets Practice
Residency events at FIU have been the cornerstone of my education, allowing me to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Imagine three days of seminars, presentations, and workshops filled with discussions that broaden and challenge knowledge. The theme for January 2024? Learning and Strategies.
In any healthcare field, practitioners must keep up with the newest research and material to best assist their clients. But it’s not just about practitioners staying updated; it’s also about learning new strategies for client success! Using hindsight, insight, and foresight (contextual intelligence) can help one to navigate through complexity and conquer critical thinking and decision-making.
Having an athletic therapist who can help you understand your injury, create a positive rehab space, and suggest the best exercises for you (AND explain them!) can get you back better than ever.
As I look ahead to the end of 2024, my capstone project defense is on the horizon. The adventure continues, promising more exploration, learning, and contributions to the vibrant world of athletic training and therapy and how I can best help YOU!”
Certified Athletic Therapist, Doctor of Athletic Training (Student)
You can see now why she is such a valuable asset to our team and why her clients trust her so much.