Ivy Leaf - Fall 2004
Penn State Altoona hired its first full-time athletic trainer, as Sue Barkman, M.S., A.T.C. joined the athletic department this fall.
One of Barkman's first orders of business was to establish herself as an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) with the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), a position that allows her to bring athletic training students from University Park to Altoona for a semester of hands-on experience.
The students with which Barkman works usually are in their junior or senior years at Penn State and have already completed several rotations, working with a variety of sports at University Park. Spending almost a full semester working with Barkman, there is ample time to get students involved in practical applications in areas such as sports medicine treatment, therapeutic modalities, injury assessment, rehabilitation, or emergency care.
For some athletic training students, the practicum at Altoona means returning to old stomping grounds. For others, working at Penn State Altoona is the chance to enjoy a smaller campus and a more intimate setting.
After 20 years in the profession, Barkman welcomes the opportunity to be a teacher and finds the interaction with her students critical to her continued growth as an athletic trainer.
"A teaching practitioner makes a better practitioner," Barkman said. "Athletic training students provide a valuable asset to the athletic training program here at Altoona. They help our varsity sports by providing prevention, assessment, treatment and rehab to our athletes."