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Athletic Trainer Felicia White Receives State Honor
Congratulations to Piedmont High School athletic trainer, Felicia White, on being selected as the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association High School Athletic Trainer of the Year! White has been the trainer at Piedmont for the past four years and teaches a Sports Medicine class. According to White, “It is such an honor to receive this award as I think it advances the profession because people are able to see the hard work and hours that athletic trainers really do to keep athletes on the playing field.”
White is a graduate of UNCC, where she majored in athletic training. She received her Master’s degree in health promotion from the University of Alabama and is currently working on her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. She began her career in athletic training as a trainer for UNCC, before serving as a trainer in a middle school and then coming to Piedmont. As part of her training duties at Piedmont, White does injury prevention, assessment of injuries, game and daily practice coverage, and sports counseling. She regularly leads sports medicine lectures with both Panther athletes and their parents. As White stated, this award “highlights what athletic trainers do behind the scenes and the many hours that are involved with keeping athletes healthy.”
In addition to athletic training, White teaches a class in Sports Medicine at Piedmont and teaches an undergraduate class at Wingate University in health & physical education. Likewise, she developed a “Survivor Island” program to promote health and wellness amongst the staff at Piedmont for an 8 week time period. This involved sending out weekly challenges for the staff to do that related to wellness and healthful living such as drinking 60 oz. of water daily and limiting the amount of sugar intake. According to May Mulford, a dedicated participant in the Survivor Island challenge, “The weekly challenges were motivational for me and I would not have been able to get to this level of health & fitness without her guidance!”
The field of athletic training is popular among college students. When asked about the best high school preparation for this major, White stated, “I would definitely job shadow an athletic trainer to see what they do, the late hours they spend at the school, and the dedication and hard work that are involved.” In addition, it is important for students to take courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, Psychology, and Biology to be best prepared for the competitive major in colleges.
Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Feb 24, 2014 by Donna Helms