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Endicott Athletic Trainers Continue To Put Students First By Continuing Their Own Education

Endicott head athletic trainer James Daley stands on the sidelines and reaches out with his right arm to touch an Endicott football player, number 4, Jacob Simons.

BEVERLY, Mass. – There are many reasons as to why, over the last three years, 100-percent of the students enrolled in Endicott’s accredited athletic training education program have passed their national Board of Certification Athletic Training exam on their first attempt, and Endicott staff athletic trainers  Abbey Cahill, Jenn Concannon, James Daley, Kelsey Steube and Jon Williams are an integral part of that success.

All five athletic trainers not only serve as hands-on preceptors throughout the year as a clinical site for Endicott’s athletic training students, but they also act as mentors to those who have graduated from the program.

It’s a responsibility not taken lightly by Cahill, Concannon, Daley, Steube, and Williams. So much so, that it remained their focus throughout the year as all five staff members continued their education by attending various athletic training and performance conventions/lectures, completing additional certifications, presenting at conferences, conducting research on bettering Endicott’s student-athletes, and dropping by other schools to collaborate with other professionals in their field.

“We are their mentors and it starts with us,” said Cahill. “Continuing education is extremely important to the success of our program, and more importantly, our students.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Giorgio ‘17 (Methuen, Mass.) was quick to describe the passion that the Endicott staff has for learning and teaching.

“When the athletic training staff attends a continuing education seminar, they are able to come back to us, the students, ready to teach us and implement these new best practices and techniques that are not always found in a textbook,” said Giorgio. “For example during the spring of 2016, while working with Abbey, she was so excited the next day (after completing her Graston certification) when she came in to teach my clinical partner and me, she shared what she had learned and how we could apply it to our student-athletes’ treatment. The continuing education not only makes the staff better clinicians, but it also makes the students that much better because we get to learn directly from the staff the latest techniques and ideas of the profession.”

Sierra Shemanskis ’17 (Windsor, Conn.) agreed with Giorgio’s remarks.

“The standards of the athletic training profession are rising and it is imperative to further our education to match them. This profession has quickly developed into a very important part of allied healthcare. The more that the staff keeps up to date with the newest protocols, rehabilitation techniques, and evidence based practices, the better prepared that we will be for the transition to certified athletic trainers, ourselves,” said Shemanskis. “Working hand-in-hand with the staff has been a huge contribution to the success that Endicott athletic training students have had in the past on the national certification exam.”

Here’s a breakdown of some of what Endicott’s athletic training staff accomplished throughout this past year.

Abbey Cahill, MS, ATC, PES

Associate Head Athletic Trainer
- Currently in her seventh year at Endicott

  • Attended Graston Technique training and became an M1 Graston Provider in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Researched sport psychology/mental game services to expand both services for Endicott student-athletes
  • Prepared materials and lesson plans for her new class, AT 310
  • Researched and implemented mobility and arm care routine for the men’s and women’s volleyball programs
  • Organized lecture by sports psychologist Dr. Adam Naylor to speak to Endicott student-athletes on the mental aspects of competition
  • Attended “Evaluation & Treatment of the Athletic Hip” at Sports Medicine North in Peabody, Massachusetts

Jenn Concannon, MS, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer
- Currently in her third year at Endicott

  • Presented at the ATOM Athletic Training Young Professionals Workshop at Springfield College on April 3, 2016
  • Discussed FMS and Corrective Technique for all attendees at the ATOM/RIATA Spring Conference at Lasell College on May 26, 2016
  • Completed CPR Instructor Certification Course
  • Attended the ATOM sponsored “Hit the Hill Day” on May 16th with Endicott Athletic Training students to advocate for athletic trainers in the Commonwealth

James Daley, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, CSS

Associate Head Athletic Trainer
- Currently in his fifth year at Endicott

  • Attended ATOM Athletic Training Young Professionals Workshop at Springfield College on April 3, 2016
  • Attended ATOM/RIATA Spring Conference held at Lasell College on May 26, 2016
  • Was one of 12,000 attendees at the 67th NATA Clinical Symposium and Athletic Training Expo in Baltimore, Md. on June 22-25, 2016
  • Attended the College Athletic Trainers’ Society (CATS) annual symposium at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Visited the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill on July 15, 2016 to continue to educate state representatives on the profession and advocate for athletic trainers
  • Presented as part of Endicott’s Athletic Training Education Program lecture Series on “Airway Management Techniques for Athletic Trainers” on August 10, 2016 to local athletic trainers
  • Invited local dentist to present through Endicott’s Athletic Training Education Program Lecture series
  • Developed performance survey to track student-athletes’ day to day perceived load and daily habits

Kelsey Steube, MS, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer
- Currently in her second year at Endicott

  • Became a Graston Technique M1 Provider (June 16-17, 2016)
  • Attended the ATOM/RIATA Spring Conference held at Lasell College on May 26, 2016
  • Created Continuing Education Presentation home study- Today’s Food & Marketing Politics: How it Affects the Athlete

Jon Williams, MS, ATC, CSCS

Assistant Athletic Trainer
- Currently in his third year at Endicott, second as a strength and conditioning coach

  • Attended ATOM/RIATA Spring Conference held at Lasell College on May 26, 2016
  • Completed the NSCA Training for Hockey Clinic at the NSCA headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO, June 10-11, 2016
  • Met with UMass Lowell, Quinnipiac and Boston University athletic training and strength and conditioning staffs, and also observed live workouts to bring skills back to student-athletes at Endicott
  • Completed certification from the Postural Restoration Institute
  • Met with Doug McKenney, spent 22 years as head strength and conditioning coach for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres
  • Met with Sean Skahan, former Boston University coach and the current strength and conditioning coach for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild (Skahan is a two-time Stanley Cup champion as a coach)
  • Presented “Bridging the Gap between healthcare and S&C – Injury prevention and RTP considerations” at Bridgewater State University for the Best in Athletic Training Symposium (hosted by Precision Athletic Training)


It is evident that the effort and time that the Endicott athletic training staff puts into expanding and practicing their discipline pays off.

Emily Hoffman ’16 (Malden, Mass.) spoke about the impact that continuing education has had on her, as she currently serves as a graduate athletic trainer at Ithaca College.

“As athletic trainers, we are part of a constantly evolving field. New ways of providing the best care for our athletes and to grow as health care professionals are developed every day,” said Hoffman. “Continuing education is so important because not only does it help to sharpen the skills that we already have, but it also allows us to learn new skills and further improve our competency.”

As alumnae/i navigate their own certification, they continue to understand the importance of developing their knowledge.

"Continuing education is a major part of the athletic training profession. It is important to stay up to date on the latest procedures and techniques relating to the profession in order to provide optimum care for our athletes,” said Jenny Schelzi ’15 (Lynnfield, Mass.). “As a student, continuing education seminars and presentations provided information pertaining to the standard of care and knowledge that is expected in the profession. It is even more important as a certified athletic trainer, in the profession, to stay up to date with continuing education. The information gathered by these continuing education seminars and conventions is vital to keeping the profession held to high standards and always improving the knowledge of athletic trainers.”

Zach Markowitz ’14 (West Hartford, Conn.), who is the Assistant Athletic Performance Coach for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, furthered Schelzi’s comments.

“Continuing education allowed me to dive deeper into the aspects of training and rehabilitation that I was passionate about,” said Markowitz. “Most importantly, it serves as a way for me to connect with like-minded professionals in the field. The relationships and friendships that I’ve built, have opened up multiple opportunities for me and given me a network of clinicians and coaches that I consistently reach out to for advice and ideas.”

Meanwhile, James Daley – Endicott’s Associate Head Athletic Trainer – summed it up this way.

“We feel it is our duty, collectively, to better ourselves and increase our own knowledge,” said Daley, who has worked at both the NCAA Division II and III levels, and also with the New England Patriots. “The great thing about our staff is that we all have diverse backgrounds and experiences within the field. This allows us to be very well rounded and make connections with many professionals in the field. The networking and continuing education that we do directly impacts the success of our athletic training education students and our student-athletes.”

THE ENDICOTT MODEL (Athletic Training Program Details)

Endicott College is a pioneer in requiring comprehensive internship experiences in every program of study for undergraduate students. A philosophy of "learning by doing" permeates the college curriculum in which students are encouraged to integrate theory and practice in all of their studies.

Through their experiences in internships students will be prepared to:

  • Apply, integrate, and evaluate knowledge within a particular academic discipline
  • Develop competencies for careers and community service
  • Explore career options and gain field experience
  • Foster personal growth through increased self-confidence, interpersonal skills, an understanding of self and others, and a heightened awareness of ethical standards
  • Improve the ability to learn in a self-directed manner 

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