NATA and NHSSCA Fellowships this Week!

Join us in Las Vegas and Nashville!

Announcing the 30th Annual Fellowship and Prayer time at the NATA National Convention and the 1st Annual Iron Circle Breakfast at the NHSSCA National Convention!

NATA: 6:00 am, Wednesday, June 26th at Mandalay Bay’s Hazel Coffee Lounge for coffee, pastries, prayer and fellowship. Be sure to stop by our booth (#1752) in the expo hall as well!

NHSSCA: 7:00 am, Saturday, June 29th at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN at the National High School Strength Coaches Association. Clif Marshall, Director of Athletic Performance for Indiana University Men’s Basketball will be the keynote speaker. Stop by Table 20 to learn more about how you can get involved in Athletes in Action and Iron Circle!

Invite your friends!

Engaging Others with Christ's Love

This summer several athletic trainers, strength coaches, team physicians and students in these fields are experiencing missions in their field of expertise as they serve with AIA or a partnering ministry. They’re engaging others with Christ’s love this summer in places like Ukraine, Honduras, Israel, Puerto Rico, and Kenya! They are also serving in Alabama, California, Colorado, Minnesota and Ohio. Annie Mitchell, ATC was able to share with orphans in Ukraine while traveling with AIA Wrestling (photo below).

Paul Newman, ATC traveled with two AIA basketball teams to Israel as part of the Walk The Story Biblical tour. Paul may be the first AT to ever tape an ankle on the Southern Steps near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (photo below). This is the likely location of Peters’ sermon on Pentecost where the Church originated nearly 2000 years ago!

Payton Lindsey, ATC recently served as the lead AT at AIA’s SoCal Ultimate Training Camp. She wrote, “It has been an incredible experience both clinically and spiritually. It was an honor to start off my Athletic training career by serving the Lord and His children!”

Jim Rumelhart, ATC, CSCS led a team of four diverse professionals to Honduras in early June (photo below). Despite facing obstacles in their scheduling, they were able to share the love of Christ with coaches, administrators and students at three universities and at the Honduras Olympic Training Center!

Mike Baria, MD from The Ohio State University made a huge impact on a group of wrestlers visiting the US in April. Jill Rondini, ATC traveled to Portugal with AIA Women’s Soccer and other AT’s have served at camps and projects in Gulf Shores, AL, Fort Collins, CO, St. Paul, MN, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Students are serving as well. Alaina Brown, Bethany Seman, Savannah Claire Morgan are in Ohio as summer interns with AIA being mentored by Lisa Martin, ATC and Priscilla Medina, ATC

Several more professionals and students are changing lives and seeing their own life changed through these opportunities! There is still one more international team looking for an AT to serve in August. Contact sportsperformace@athletesinaction.org if you’re interested in this team or traveling with AIA in the future.

8th Annual Chapel at AMSSM Annual Meeting

The eighth annual chapel at the American Society for Sports Medicine will be held at 7:00 am CDT on Sunday, April 14th in the Chambers Room (2nd Level) at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas.

“Engaging Others with Christ’s Love” is the focus of this year’s chapel.

Going to Houston? Come hear an intriguing story of how one college basketball player found the Love of God through “whirlpool witnessing.”

Not going, but knowing someone who is? Send them a note encouraging them to attend!

Engaging a Culture of Redemption

The Bible is a story of God revealing Himself to the world through His redemptive power. Recently, three Certified Athletic Trainers and one athletic training student traveled under the banner of Athletes in Action to Cape Town, South Africa. Their goal was to engage with colleagues and students at the University of Western Cape (UWC), and while doing so to tell them about God’s redemptive story. They taught classes to sports science students, held discussions with faculty and coaches, and led clinics at the university. And while doing so, encountered God’s lessons of redemption for themselves as well. The following excerpts are a glimpse into this journey in the words of one of the team members…

Teaching classes helped us make immediate connections, and gave us the opportunity to share the Gospel with students. One of the many encouraging examples of this involves Dillon, an honors student at UWC. Dillon first heard of AIA two years ago, but at the time wasn’t able to get plugged in. When we arrived, Dillon saw our AIA T-shirts and sought us out! He joined us for our team’s devotional time, shared his story, and expressed a desire to get involved as a student leader. His strong faith and desire to grow will make him a strong leader for Christ on campus! I am amazed at how God answered our team’s mission and Dillon’s prayers in this single encounter.

I have traveled many places, but I have never been to a place as beautiful as Cape Town. Mountains make up the backdrop of the city, while waves crash against the shore. In the morning, the sun shone bright; in the afternoon, clouds rolled in to bring the perfect overcast day; and the night greeted us with a sunset peering through the rocky peaks. God’s glory in creation is on full display there. But the wounds of apartheid are clear as the day too. We engaged with the city’s history and with South Africa’s history, as we gazed upon creation while driving past the townships where people were forced to live as a result of apartheid. There is pain, brokenness, and heartache in the rhythm of life in South Africa, just like there is here, just like there is in the rest of the world. In the midst, God is doing a redemptive work, taking what is broken, making it whole, and inviting us all to be a part of it. Let the truth of God’s love through Jesus, help us to endure in our hope, motivate our labor, and produce work from faith.

We had the opportunity to visit a church in Khayelitsha, in one of the townships formed from apartheid, and worshipped with their congregation. They made us feel at home, they cooked for us, performed for us, and worshipped Jesus with their whole being. In that worship service, I gazed around and was in awe at the most important thing we had in common—a relationship with Jesus. That day it was sweet to be reminded that we worship the same God with people crossing borders, languages, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and so much more.

The sky is on fire! Beautiful sunset through the mountains and clouds.

Team Photo (L-R): Lisa, Dane, Naomi, & Synthia

Naomi teaching arm swing drills at the University of Western Cape.

Table Mountain from Robben Island.

Synthia teaching on evaluating knee injuries.

Above the Clouds on Table Mountain!

Dane Teaching.

Congratulations to Our 2019 Summer Interns!

Congratulations to our 2019 Summer Athletic Training Interns!

  • Alaina Brown of North Dakota State University
  • Savannah Claire Morgan of Troy University
  • Bethany Seman of Cedarville University

We are excited you are coming and can’t wait until you get here.

The deadline for applications from students pursuing a career in strength & conditioning has been extended!

Check out the X Project on our Get Involved page for more information.