Mental Health

Graduate Wisdom for Athletic Trainers for the First-Year Post-School Journey

The season following graduation ushers forth a blend of prospects and a touch of existential anxiety. A new chapter looms, teeming with infinite opportunities – whether from finishing undergrad or your professional athletic training program, venturing straight into a career in athletic training, or embracing unconventional paths. This juncture brims with promise, a potent mixture of liberation and trepidation.

Navigating a Chronic Illness as an Athletic Training Student

Maintaining good health while pursuing your athletic training degree can present unique challenges, especially for individuals dealing with chronic illnesses. Juggling your health and academic goals may seem overwhelming, but we’ve compiled a few tips to help you set realistic expectations and prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Don’t Stress the Test: Beating BOC Exam Anxiety

Test anxiety affects individuals differently, with some experiencing intense symptoms like butterflies in the stomach, headaches, racing heart, sweating, and even feeling on the verge of passing out or getting sick. Even those with milder symptoms often struggle with a “blank mind” sensation where they cannot answer even basic questions. However, it’s essential to recognize …

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Navigating the Transition from College to the Workforce

Graduating from college and entering the workforce can be an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. After spending years in a structured academic environment, the prospect of entering a new and unfamiliar work environment can be daunting. It’s important to take the time to manage your emotions and navigate this transition successfully.

Overcoming Feelings of Failure After Failing the BOC Exam

The Board of Certification (BOC) exam is a rigorous test that is designed to ensure that individuals who are pursuing a career in athletic training have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the field. Unfortunately, despite the best preparation, some students may fail the exam. This can be a devastating experience, and it’s common to feel like a failure after receiving the news. However, it’s essential to remember that one test does not define your worth as a person or your ability to succeed in your chosen profession.

Managing the Mental Effects of BOC Exam Anxiety

As an athletic training student, there’s nothing more daunting than finally sitting in front of the BOC exam and feeling the creeping anxiety that can come with it. Test anxiety is a common experience, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. However, there are steps you can take to help ease the mental strain and boost your confidence going into the exam.

Managing the Physical Effects of BOC Exam Anxiety

If you’re like most people, the thought of taking a test can make you a little nervous. After all, tests like the BOC exam are important events that can have a significant impact on your future, so it’s natural to feel anxious about performing well. But even though anxiety is normal, that doesn’t mean it’s helpful when taking a test.

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Set Values Over Resolutions

As you review 2022 and look forward to 2023, don’t choose resolutions. Instead, think about your values. There’s more versatility in values than in resolutions. Plus, they’re a lot easier to manage. Probably the most popular resolution is to lose weight. Even if you have set a specific amount of weight to lose, the resolution …

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