Students compete in Athletic Training Olympics

By Grant Merritt
Web Video Editor

Photo by Grant Merritt
Senior tennis players, Christian Minnick and Maricel Quintero participate at the Athletic Training Olympics March 23.

At the Athletic Training Olympics, 36 students composed nine teams and competed in five competitions on March 23 in the English E. Jones Main Gym to help raise $65 in the Athletic Training department's third annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

Athletic Training Clinical Coordinator Beverly Justice helped coordinate the event and organize the five competitions consisting of physioball pushups, physioball squats, an anatomy quiz, ankle taping and relay racing.

"Thanks to all the teams who came out to participate in the third annual Athletic Training Olympics," Justice said. "The event was filled with friendly competition, lots of laughs and the participants came away with a better sense of what athletic trainers do."

Justice said that the money raised will go toward the Athletic Training Student Organization's fundraising efforts for Relay for Life. She said that she wanted to congratulate the MLK2 team on their third consecutive win.

The physioball pushups event tested the student's upper body strength, the physioball squats tested the student's leg strength, the anatomy quiz tested the student's knowledge of human body parts, the ankle-taping event tested how fast and efficient the student could wrap a wounded ankle and the relay race tested the student's speed with running on crutches.

March is National Athletic Training Month, and it was fitting to raise money for Relay for Life during the month of March to help promote athletic training, according to Justice.

"Some students do not know exactly what athletic trainers do on the field or court," Justice said. "This olympics event was a good way of promoting athletic training so that more students understand what we do."

The Athletic Training Student Organization is composed of UNCP athletic training students, and its goal is to promote the health and wellness of UNCP student- athletes, to educate the campus on the fields of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training and to enhance athletic training student education.

Relay for Life will start on April 8 and last throughout the night and into the afternoon of April 9.