The mission of the young professionals committee is to help advance and advocate for IATA membership and young professionals in the early stages of their athletic training careers across all settings of healthcare.
Check out the NATA YPC Page to find more information and resources for those starting their athletic training careers.
Casey Hebenstreit, LAT, ATC
Social Media: Twitter: @Hebenstreit_ATC
What is your favorite part of your current job or being an athletic trainer? My favorite part of my current job is being with the athletes day to day, making a personal connection with each and every one of them and being invested in their lives and athletic careers.
Why are you part of the Young Professionals’ Committee? I am a part of the YPC because I really enjoy sharing my experiences as well as advancing the athletic profession and I believe the young professionals are a key component to advancing the profession
How do you hope to serve others and give back to the profession? Sharing my experiences and ideas from the multitude of different settings and states that I have worked. I have had the good fortune to work in California, Texas, and Indiana and have been able to work in just about every setting in athletics. I have worked in a middle school, high school, Junior College, NAIA University, NCAA University (D1 as a student and currently in a D2 as a staff), and professional sports. I look forward to sharing all these experiences to give a potential broader perspective on issues that we have here in the IATA.
What are some of your hobbies outside of Athletic Training? My wife and I love to travel both internationally and domestically. I also love to read as well as spending time with family and friends. I have also just recently started a new hobby of brewing beer.
Nick Spangler, DAT LAT ATC
Social Media: Twitter: @spanglernAT
What is your favorite part of your current job or being an athletic trainer? Working with a chiropractor has allowed me to specialize in orthopedic assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation for the spine in injured patients, it has also allowed to me to learn more about patient populations that are somewhat atypical for traditional athletic training settings. I believe going to work every day knowing I’ll have an opportunity to learn something new is exciting to say the least.
Why are you part of the Young Professionals’ Committee? As a young professional I want to help my colleagues navigate through the beginnings of their careers’. This time is exciting but also can make us ask more questions than we have answers for, and I hope to be someone who can provide or guide others to those answers.
How do you hope to serve others and give back to the profession? I believe my work with the YPC, social media advocacy, and goals for growing the athletic training profession within my workplace are some of the ways I hope to give back to the profession for the present and the near future.
What are some of your hobbies outside of Athletic Training? When I am not at work I am either working out, playing video games, or playing golf. I also enjoy reading here and there, but more than anything I want to be actively engaged in something.
Amanda Rode, LAT, ATC
Social Media: Twitter: @Hanover_AT
What is your favorite part of your current job or being an athletic trainer? I love working with my patients and seeing them return to the activities they love.
Why are you part of the Young Professionals’ Committee? I wanted a way to encourage, support, and learn from other young professionals in Indiana.
How do you hope to serve others and give back to the profession? As a member of the YP Committee, I work on the IATAcast. My hope is that this podcast will help keep Indiana AT’s informed and connected.
What are some of your hobbies outside of Athletic Training? I enjoy reading and doing puzzles.
Daniel Welty, MS, LAT, ATC
Social Media: Twitter: @DanielWelty Instagram: @daniel.welty
What is your favorite part of your current job or being an athletic trainer? I work in the physician practice setting alongside a sports medicine physician. I enjoy being able to provide a needed skill set as an athletic trainer to the physician's practice to increase efficiency, provide care to patients, and make the life of the physician I work with easier.
Why are you part of the Young Professionals’ Committee? I enjoy being a voice for young professionals in the State of Indiana and help create positive changes that will affect our profession going forward.
How do you hope to serve others and give back to the profession? I think it is important to serve and give back to the profession of athletic training to help advance and better the lives of athletic trainers. Serving the profession does not mean you have to serve in a leadership role but by just giving a few hours a month to serve on a IATA committee. It will not only advance our profession but will also connect you with athletic trainers from across the State of Indiana.
What are some of your hobbies outside of Athletic Training? I love spending time with family and friends in my free time. I also enjoy photography, hunting, and taking a long Sunday nap.