Student Represents Athletic Trainers Across the Midwest

by Public Relations

Cedarville junior Erika Spudie was recently appointed to a position on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Student Committee as the representative from the Great Lakes district. She also serves as the secretary for the committee. The committee is made up of 11 student members representing athletic training students from across the nation. This position is a great honor for both Spudie and Cedarville University.

Spudie has always been interested in medicine. This interest, combined with the fact that she’s been playing soccer since childhood, led her to her current major, and her future goals.

“I came to the point in high school where I realized that medical school wasn’t really for me,” she said, “so I started checking out other options in medicine. We got a new athletic trainer at my high school my junior year and I got to know her through various soccer injuries of my own. I was introduced to the profession and the possibility that I could consolidate my love for the body, sport and my passion for investing in the lives of people in one career. It was a perfect fit.”

After high school, Spudie decided to come to Cedarville to study athletic training. She currently serves as the vice president for the Athletic Training Student Organization on campus, and her recent appointment to the NATA Student Committee keeps her even more involved.

“For me, this position is an amazing opportunity to network with brilliant people and be introduced to the wide world of sports medicine,” she said.  “I’ve already met so many professionals during my short time on the committee. As for Cedarville, this position helps to put CU on the map in the athletic training world. With only around 350 colleges that offer athletic training, it’s cool to represent the most densely populated district in the NATA from such a comparatively small college.

“Overall, the contacts and experiences I’m gaining from this position are priceless. I’m so excited to be able to represent Cedarville on a national level in my profession. I look forward to the experiences I’m going to have over the next year and a half.”

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