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AT Students Serve at Ironman Competition


On Sept. 27, a group of Lee University athletic training students, along with Lee faculty and staff, served as medical volunteers at the 2nd annual Chattanooga Ironman Competition. The competition, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

AT Group Serves at Ironman Competition
Athletic Training students and faculty at Ironman Competition

Dr. Taz Kicklighter, assistant professor of athletic training at Lee, accompanied Dr. Kelly Lumpkin, director of the Athletic Training Program, and 15 Lee students who served as volunteers throughout the Ironman event.

“Working at the Ironman competition was an amazing experience for our students to work with elite athletes and other healthcare professionals while putting into practice the medical knowledge and skills they have been gaining these past years at Lee,” said Kicklighter.

Students served by helping the US Anti-Doping Agency with drug testing of professional triathletes, distributing waters, transporting ill participants to the medical tent, and assisting physicians and nurses with monitoring racers, taking vitals, and cleaning wounds.

AT Students Assist at Ironman Competition
Alyssa Slagle and Emily Bryan assist an athlete from the finish line to the medical tent.

“As an athletic training student, volunteering at the Ironman was a great experience,” said Lee junior Emily Bryan. “We get to see incredible athletes push themselves to the limit, and from a medical perspective seeing their body's reaction is great for learning. The atmosphere is always so fun, and it provides us with an opportunity to use our knowledge and skills to serve God by serving others.”

For more information about Lee’s athletic training program, contact Lumpkin at klumpkin@leeuniversity.edu.

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