I try to promote Athletic Training in everything that I do. There have been many occasions where I have been out somewhere and had AT gear on and people have asked me about it. This has always been a great opportunity to promote the profession and educate people on what we really do. I feel like it is a great opportunity to do so as many people have the wrong idea about Athletic Training. The typical things that people bring up are strength and conditioning and personal training. This gives a great lead in to inform people of us as healthcare professionals. This usually always gives me the chance to discuss things such as our program, the BOC, clinicals and other aspects of our major and the profession. People are often very surprised to learn of all that we do. I also find that we have a great opportunity to promote AT in other areas such as jobs, internships, and observations. I had a lot of opportunities at my old job to promote AT. Many people would ask what my major was and what I planned to do in the future, so that gave me a great opportunity to promote it. This past summer during my time at Duke I had many opportunities to promote AT as well. I had many great discussions with surgeons, PTs, and nurses about certain things that are unique to our field and how some of the concepts and ways we handle situations can be carried over into other fields. As far as promoting the NATA, I usually get the opportunity to do so when these conversations come up. I feel that the slogan “your protection is our priority” is shown without having to actually say anything. We make many sacrifices and perform many tasks that other students and professionals do not have to do, and all for the betterment of our athletes and patients. One example that I think illustrates this is our preparation during preseason. We come back to school earlier than anyone else and put in days of training to make sure we are prepared for emergency situations, have practiced our skills, and have everything ready for the athletes to be screened and begin their practice in a timely and efficient fashion. Things such as practicing cpr and equipment fitting allow us to prioritize athletes safety in the fall and to build a basis to go off of for the entire year and the rest of the sports.