Ten Waynesburg University athletic training students traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 9-12 for the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Convention.

During the long weekend, these students had the opportunity to attend workshops, learn from guest speakers and attend general lectures. Examples of the workshops included Heat Illnesses, Legal Issues in Athletic Training, and Wii Rehab.

“This opportunity is very important for undergraduate students because it allows them to attend specific educational lectures and presentations that are geared toward their education level,” said Eric Ellis, trip leader and Waynesburg University athletic training graduate assistant.

“EATA brings students together from various academic institutions, which allows for great networking opportunities. Students meet potential future employers, while gaining the latest knowledge that the athletic training profession has to offer,” Ellis said.

Waynesburg University students enjoyed the information they received from athletic trainers working in different athletic training settings.

“I learned a lot from the guest speakers about numerous areas of the profession, some that I had no idea about such as athletic trainers that work on Broadway or in the X-Games,” said Lauren Buzonas, a junior athletic training major.

Buzonas said the weekend also offered the University and its students the chance to make a name for themselves.

“We definitely put our name out there and made a statement about our school,” she said. “It’s very important because this profession is all about who you know, so the more people you meet the better off you are.”

The EATA Convention was made possible by the funds raised through the athletic training concession stands, open throughout the athletic seasons at a number of sporting events. The concession stand profits and donations created a remarkable opportunity for the Waynesburg University students.