Athletic Training is a health field built on a variety of facets. Some that are involved in the field are caring for immediate treatment, injury prevention, physical conditioning, rehabilitation, nutritional advice and equipment fitting/selection.
People who want to become athletic trainers or practice some other aspect of sports medicine aren't the only ones who can benefit from athletic training at GCCC. The program is also valuable for individuals who want to work in physical therapy, medicine, corporate or institutional fitness or the paramedic field.
The field of Athletic Training is growing dramatically in importance, and you can have the opportunity to start learning at GCCC. Giving you an effective education is our highest priority, but we also have a great tradition of nationally-ranked athletics. The opportunity to work with our teams and travel to all areas of the country will be a possibility right from the start. We have gone from Utah to Florida and Illinois to Texas, including a football bowl game for the past seven out of eight years. We also go to the District V Training Convention.
In addition to great facilities, we can offer many things that other programs cannot, such as a direct connection with Garden City-based Sandhill Orthopaedic and Sportsmedicine. As a student you receive the opportunity to observe surgeries performed by our team doctor. The team doctor visits the training room to assess the athletes, giving students a great opportunity to watch and ask questions. GCCC also has a cadaver lab on campus, which is another excellent teaching tool.
Another major advantage is our state and national recognition. You can also create a valuable list of references. These references will be very valuable when you're looking for a job, transferring to another college, or maybe even getting an apartment.
With the variety of personality types and top-ranked athletes that come through GCCC, the ability to work with people is experience in itself. You will be able to use this experience for years to come.
GCCC boasts a 1600 square-foot training room located in the northeast part of the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex, adjacent to the baseball field. The facility houses two whirlpools, five treatment tables, five taping tables, a rehabilitation room, television, muscle stimulation/ultrasound units, BAPS board, Plyoback System II, minitrampoline, ankle weights, slant board, and a first aid area.
GCCC is looking to recruit dedicated and responsible students to become student athletic trainers. Tuition and book scholarships are available for in-state students who are accepted into the program. As an out-of-state student, the athletic training department is unable to offer a scholarship until you have attended school and/or lived in Kansas for six months. There are several scholarships available through financial aid for students who qualify.