Participants in the Hughston Athletic Training Fellowship Program complete a 2-year assistantship exposing them to a variety of sporting events. While working toward a master’s degree in kinesiology with concentration in either physical education or exercise science through an online program with the University of North Georgia. Each fellow is responsible for coverage of a local school, as assigned. The Hughston Foundation pays tuition and yearly stipends for the fellows.
Over the course of the fellowship, each participant must either complete a research project with the approval of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or write 2 patient education articles for publication. In addition, the staff conducts weekly meetings to discuss important events, community outreach opportunities, and monthly educational sessions with Hughston physicians. Hughston’s community outreach program allows the members of the Hughston Athletic Training Fellowship to give back to the community by helping out at local events, such as preparticipation screenings for high school athletes, civic athletic activities, various state championships, Georgia high school wrestling assessments, and the Saturday morning high school sports injury clinics.
In 2010, the Hughston Athletic Training Fellowship Program became the official sports medicine provider for the Muscogee County School District. The athletic training fellows, along with support from Hughston physicians, now also provide coverage for Harris County High School, Calvary Christian School (Calvary Baptist Church), and the Auburn University Recreation Club Sports. The program represents a partnership between the Hughston Foundation, the Hughston Clinic, and the Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital. The Hughston Foundation oversees its administration.
Since the ATC Program’s inception in 1998:
Graduated over 115 Certified Athletic Trainers
Published patient education articles online and in print
Covered over 1600 sporting events at local high schools
Provided annual coverage for major community sporting events