What is an athletic trainer?
A Certified Athletic Trainer is an allied health care professional recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a licensed health care provider who collaborates with physicians to optimize patient and client activity, participation in athletics, work and life. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, subacute, and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions and certain medical conditions in order to minimize subsequent impairments, functional limitations, disability and societal limitations.
Are they qualified?
All certified and/or licensed athletic trainers must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in order to practice athletic training. Seventy percent of ATC credential holders have a master’s degree or higher. This great majority of practitioners who hold advance degrees are comparable to other allied health care professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses and many other health care professionals.
Meet the Athletic Trainers:
Wendy Young MA, ATC
Phone: (413) 498-3475
Wendy arrived at Northfield Mount Hermon in the fall of 1997 to work as a certified athletic trainer and physical education teacher in the Physical Education and Athletics Department. Prior to arriving on campus, Wendy had been employed for 4 years by NovaCare Outpatient Rehabilitation where she worked in the physical therapy outpatient clinic as well as at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School providing athletic training services for their athletic program.
Her education in the field began with her earning a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New Hampshire, where she also played soccer and lacrosse. After graduation, she spent a year as an intern at Phillips Exeter Academy and earned her Board Certification in Athletic Training during that year. She finished her formal education earning a Master of Arts degree, also in athletic training, from Western Michigan University. In addition to serving NMH in the athletic department, Wendy is also an advisor to 7 residents of Hayden Hall. During her tenure here, she has served on several NMH committees related to athletics, most notably facility design as part of strategic planning, student-athlete award selection, and PE curricula design.
Jesse Littlefield MS, ATC
Phone: (413) 498-3475
Jesse began working as a certified athletic trainer at Northfield Mount Hermon in the fall of 2016. She was previously the athletic trainer at a public school in Northampton, MA, where she started the athletic training program from scratch.
Jesse’s education in athletic training started when she was a student aide to her high school athletic trainer. She then attended the University of Kentucky, where she was a student athletic trainer, working with athletes in sports from football to gymnastics. After completing her bachelor of science degree in dietetics, Jesse got her master of science degree in athletic training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. There, she researched the effects of nutrition on athletic performance, specifically studying maximum oxygen intake levels in relation to metabolic syndrome. Then she completed board certification in athletic training.
Jesse approaches the athletic training profession as a lifelong learning process, and looks forward to what she will learn from NMH.