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Athletic training program embraces iPad technology

Athletic training students can look forward to careers that will place them on-the-go at a variety of facilities, from football stadiums to hockey arenas.

Having hands-on experience with the mobile technology they will need on the job is now possible at UWSP through a program that has brought iPads into their classrooms. 

Holly Schmies, Ph.D., LAT, director of the Athletic Training Education Program and assistant professor in the School of Physical Education & Athletic Training, utilized money from UW System lab modernization funds to purchase eight iPads for classroom instruction. 

“The goal is to have students and staff use the iPads in any setting,” says Schmies. “When they are doing an evaluation they can do their documentation on an iPad. It’s going to create a seamless transition.” 

“It’s so portable and hands on,” says athletic training student Shanna Karls, ’12. “It has so much more information in a small package.”

Some of the iPad applications (apps) that students are using include iMuscle and the Gray's Anatomy textbook in addition to websites such as and Orthopedic evaluation apps tell students what tests can be perform for various body parts, while rehabilitation apps allow students to click on a specific muscle and learn different exercises and stretches.  

“It’s a really interactive major,” says athletic training student Becca Petro, ’12. “With an iPad it’s not just a book, it’s going in motion which is a lot easier to translate into our everyday practice.”