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Hello and welcome to the Young Professionals Committee page! 

The Young Professional Committee is committed to bridging the gaps between our generations and improving involvement at the state, regional and national level.  Our goal is to build a network of young professionals to support one another and help each other grow, while continuing to help our profession advance within the great state of Vermont.  We want to provide opportunities for young professionals to discover themselves and find mentors and other peers to stay connected with.  Although some of us may work in more isolated settings, we want you to know that you are never in this alone.  We are in this together, as the next generation of athletic trainers. 

Stay in touch, ask questions, get involved.  We will be using this page to help keep all of you updated on what projects we may have going on, upcoming events and activities.  We look forward to meeting all of you!

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  • 22 Jan 2018 7:51 PM | Anonymous

    Written by a Junior in the Norwich Athletic Training Program

    To put the Student Program for the Eastern Athletic Training Association (EATA) conference in one word, it would be “Outstanding”. As this was my first time at the annual conference, I was amazed at how intricately put together the sessions flowed; organizers were able to overcome with challenges created by student delegates, in charge of the student section, through flexible adaptation. On Friday, the conference began as a simple and fun day. The taping contest was enjoyable to watch, allowing students to really get into the competitive spirit; had there been other people there from my school, I would have gladly joined.

    On Saturday – Even though it was filled with lectures that many may have complained about – I thoroughly enjoyed furthering my knowledge on many different topics. Getting the first-hand stories about the Boston Marathon Bombing from the medical personal who were in the finish line tent was truly amazing. Next, we went on to the speech by Timothy Weston. Although being from Vermont and having already heard his presentation, hearing it again gave me the ability to further relay underling information to my peers. The most inspiring part of this day was the William E. ‘Pinky’ Newell Address delivered by Mark Smaha. It is amazing how someone who had to go through so much was able to find the inspiration to keep going with something they love, following a tragic event. I felt as if the main point of his speech was ‘Even though you may have a tough time in your life, you can get through it and keep going along; but to use that hurt and take it and put it to make you a better person’. 

    On Sunday, it was a very low-key day, serving as the last day for the students. By the time, I arrived, as I was staying at a different location, the suturing workshop was already full. Instead, I chose to attend the cupping workshop. As I had never learned about cupping before, I was very hesitant to go; but I learned so much about. I never knew there were different techniques to cup someone; after this workshop, I feel like I know more and cannot wait to do it in clinical practice. Although I was the only student from my school to go, I did make some friends that I will be looking forward to seeing there again next year. I am looking forward to what the student program will look like next year.

  • 1 Feb 2017 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Here it is.  The YPC has a blog, and I have to admit, we are pretty excited about it.  We want to use this as an opportunity to keep you connected, in the know and on top of what our committee is doing.  Interesting news or changes in our profession.  We also want it to be a place where we can discuss and share successful strategies for different challenges we face.  Have a suggestion, want to write a blog post, email us, let us know.  We would LOVE to hear from you.


    That being said, how is everyone?  For everyone who has started their crossover season between winter and spring sports, I’m rooting for you.  It’s always my favorite time of the year (insert sarcasm here).  It’s definitely a challenging time of the year, but a part of me does enjoy the organized chaos that always seems to break out.  That’s what I love about being in D3 setting.  I honestly am never quite sure what each day is going to bring.  Some are slower than others, but you just never know.  What’s your favorite (or one of your favorite) parts of being an athletic trainer?

    And speaking of crossover season, what are you doing to help yourself?  One of the biggest things I’ve learned so far is that I will never find time for myself, I have to make it, and that is very hard.  It’s hard for me to say no, hard for me to not give up that 3 hours in the evening to cover a practice or run a workout.  It’s hard to make myself give up 2 hours in the morning to workout instead of sitting at my computer (although sometimes to motivation to workout is the bigger problem).  One thing I started doing this year is keeping coloring books (TMNT of course) in my desk.  Childish, maybe, but it is an easy way for me to take a half hour out of my day to color and then when I get back to work I feel refreshed.  It also gives me stuff to hang up and decorate the office a little.  What do you do?  How do you take care of yourself, so that you can continue to take care of everyone else around you?


    Just a couple reminders on events we have coming up this month!

    The VAAT Business Meeting is taking place on February 10th, 10a-12p at the Best Western Windjammer Inn and Conference Center in Burlington. 

    The YPC is also planning a social for Young Professionals!  What? No Way! Yes, yes and yes. Want to hear something even better?  Our goal is plan about 4 of these each year!  So here’s the skinny, we are planning on meeting February 26th at 1pm.  We will be meeting at the Tap House in Ruttland.  For more information, check out the FB page (VAAT Young Professionals Committee).  We are asking that you RSVP by February 21st either on FB or via email (youngprofessionalsvermont@gmail.com). 

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Michelle Stemper, YPC Chairperson

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