Kansas athletic trainers meet for 13th annual symposium

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Athletic Trainers' Society hosts their 13th annual symposium on Sunday to continue an education event for athletic trainers throughout Kansas.

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The meeting had orthopedic surgeons and sports based physicians as event speakers covering a variety of topics from injuries to an athletic's role in tobacco sensation.

The President of KATS, Karren Garrison, says athletic trainers' are also the first line of health care.

"The big thing we always struggle with is that a lot of the general public doesn't know who an athletic trainer is, what we know, and what we do," Garrison said.

"We are a licensed health care provider, and we're out in a lot of different settings, not just high schools and colleges, but we're part of that medical team that treats athletes, non-athletes in a lot of different settings. We're continuing to learn just like any other health care provider."

Athletic trainers' along with athletic trainer students, physical therapists, and physical therapists assistance attended the meeting.