Ashley Thrasher, new assistant professor of athletic training in the School of Health Sciences, will begin her career at WCU this fall as an award winner.
The recently-bestowed honor is from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for her team’s article in the Journal of Athletic Training titled “Supervising Athletic Trainers’ Perceptions of Professional Socialization of Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers in the Collegiate Setting.” Thrasher was the lead author/researcher for the project.
The paper won first place in the category “Outstanding Original Research Manuscript” for 2015 in the NATA’s annual competition.
“This manuscript was part of a larger study examining the professional socialization of graduate assistant athletic trainers in the collegiate setting,” Thrasher said. “There has been a lot of debate in athletic training about the preparation of newly credentialed athletic trainers, and if new athletic trainers are able to fulfill their responsibilities. We interviewed athletic trainers who supervise new athletic trainers in the collegiate setting regarding their perceptions of socialization and preparation. We found that supervisors felt new athletic trainers were better prepared than they had been in the history of the profession, but that they just needed more experience.”
Thrasher comes to WCU from Arkansas State University, where she was assistant professor of athletic training and exercise science.