Millikin student uses clinical experiences to prep for career in sports medicine
Emily Schultz's family has a strong background in medicine; her father is a nurse, her mom was a doctor and her sister is a nurse. The senior from Groveland, Ill., knew she wanted to have a career in medicine, and because she has a strong passion for sports, the athletic training major at Millikin University was the right fit for her.
"I think my biggest takeaway from the athletic training major has been getting as much practice as possible," said Schultz. "We'll learn things in class and that will translate into your clinical experiences or even lab work. It's the practice that were able to get that makes the major stand out."
The athletic training major is offered within Millikin's Department of Exercise Science and Sport. Through a combination of both didactic and practical learning experiences, the program helps students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become certified athletic trainers and gain success in the field as well as related allied health areas.
"I've gotten so much experience throughout my four years by working in the classroom and translating that to labs, but my clinical experience has been important," said Schultz. "I've worked with a number of athletes and sports, and that Performance Learning aspect has really prepared me for the future."
After graduation, Schultz plans to pursue a master's degree in athletic training and become certified in strength and conditioning.
"Being an athlete and an athletic training major has been very unique because I can relate to the athletes that I'm treating," said Schultz. "I know what they're going through as an athlete and I can treat them with my experiences in the classroom."
Schultz is also a member of the Millikin Women's basketball program and recently wrapped up her final season averaging 10.8 points per game and 5.2 rebounds.
"Being a part of the basketball program has been a real joy for me," said Schultz. "But I would say the memories off the court have outweighed the memories on the court because of the friendships I've gained and the experiences I've had."
This semester, Schultz has gained valuable clinical experience working at Occupational Health and Wellness at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Ill., as well as other sports clinics in the area. As a sophomore, she worked with several Millikin athletics program including softball, football and track & field, and as a junior she was able to work with the football team at Argenta-Oreana High School.
"For students coming into the program, it's important to know that there's no wrong questions to ask," said Schultz. "It's important to get as much experience as possible especially when you're in clinical. With this major, you can't sit back and watch people do it, you have to do it."