University of Oregon

Department of Human Physiology Graduate Studies in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

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Craig Switzler
Craig Switzler ATC

Craig joined us from the University of Utah and will be starting his 2nd year in Fall ’05. He worked with Thurston High School this past year and, to their disappointment, he will be switching to the Intramural and Club Sports athletic training position next year where he will also work with Dr. Verscheure to treat recreational and club sport athletes in the UO Sports Medicine and Wellness Center. Craig is interested in researching the ability of entry-level certified athletic trainers to demonstrate elements of the NATA educational competencies in the job setting.

What would you tell an applicant to ensure their expectations about our program were as accurate as possible?

Don't worry about the grades so much. This program is about exploration. Keep an open mind about what you can gain here. You are in control about what you get out of this program.

What insight about graduate school do you now have that you wish you had when you were applying to graduate programs?

Make sure the program fits what you want out of grad school. Make a visit to the school so the students there can give you an accurate account of the program. And visit with both the staff and instructors to get a feel on what they are like.

Do you believe that you are (or will be) a better athletic trainer because of the academic and/or clinical experiences you are obtaining as a member of this program?

The position I currently hold has significantly increased my confidence. I have adapted to different settings and experienced different situations. I believe this is preparing me for a wide variety of future employment positions.