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Taylor B.: Athletic Training

Taylor participated in practicum by working as an athletic trainer at a high school in PETE 377.

What type of projects did you work on as part of your experiential learning course?

I was responsible for the training and conditioning of a high school girls volleyball team.

What day to day tasks were part of this experience?

In a normal day, I would research drills and make practice plans, carry out practice with various drills and assess the girls progress, changing things as necessary.

What did you learn unexpectedly?

How to deal with a lack of organization.

How was this experience influenced your career goals?

I have since adjusted my aspirations to only coach when my children are involved with a program. I am rewarded by athletes progress but it would only be worth it to me if I spent that time with my family.

What types of new opportunities are now available because of the experience?

I have new connections in and outside the volleyball community- parents, private coaching, teaching opportunities at that school.