Shaw Senior Pursues Athletic Training Major
A transfer student from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Alyssa L. Thomas had a desire to leave California, but still wanted to pursue an education in athletic training because she “loved sports and helping people even more.” Relatives in North Carolina encouraged her to take a look at Shaw University’s athletic training program. She says it was the best decision she ever made.
Thomas enrolled at Shaw in the fall of 2010 and began coursework in the athletic training program. While in the program, Thomas has interned in the athletic departments of Cardinal Gibbons High School and William Peace University and with a local orthopedics office in Cary, NC. She has become a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, National Society for Collegiate Scholars and made the President’s List. In addition, she has volunteered with a local food outreach program.
Thomas credits the program with teaching her several life-saving skills, as well as tools to keep athletes healthy before, during and after sustaining an injury. She has also learned how to develop and facilitate workout and rehabilitation plans, create a proper athletic diet and apply several organization and administration techniques.
Following graduation, Thomas plans to get certified as an athletic trainer and then attend Physician Assistant school. With the skills she has obtained in the program, Thomas is confident she will accomplish her professional goals.