Stanford Athletic Trainers Lecture at Japanese Universities

Assistant Athletic Trainers Sarah Lyons MS, ATC and Katelin Knox MS, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainers Sarah Lyons MS, ATC
and Katelin Knox MS, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainers Sarah Lyons, MS, ATC and Katelin Knox, MS, ATC, recently traveled to Japan to lecture and interview potential students for Stanford’s International Affiliate Clinical Training Program (IACTP). Stanford Sports Medicine offers a unique opportunity to international undergraduate students to learn from some of most skilled and diverse clinicians in the United States. The first of two visits was Chukyo University, Nagoya Campus. Chukyo is a private university in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. After private student interviews, Katelin and Sarah toured the campus sports facilities, including the National Training Center for figure skating. The freshman class of sports medicine students were invited to a private lecture provided by Sarah and Katelin describing the Stanford Sports Medicine model and the new advances in technology in the diagnosis and prevention of concussion.

Sarah and Katelin’s second stop was Waseda University, a private university with a main campus located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan where Katelin and Sarah were kindly greeted by the internationally acclaimed orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Fukubayashi. Private interviews were held followed by a lecture given by Sarah and Katelin to the sports medicine graduate students. Dr. Fukubayashi was kind enough to provide Katelin and Sarah was a private tour of the Japanese Institute of Sports Science. The JISS consist of a research facility for Sports Sciences and Sports Medicine (including a Human Performance Lab), High Performance Gym, training facilities (Training Gym, etc.), the NTC facilities such as those for swimming and synchronized swimming, nutritional guidance restaurant, and other facilities.

“Traveling to Japan was an incredibly unique experience. The faculty and students at Chukyo and Waseda University were eager to learn about Stanford Sports Medicine and our concussion technologies and protocol. Sharing clinical expertise with other sports medicine professionals across the world is one of the things that sets Stanford Sports Medicine apart from other programs. I look forward to being part of the future Japanese sports medicine students learning experience at Stanford.” says Sarah.

“I have had the opportunity to work with previous Japanese sports medicine students during their time at Stanford and with our sports medicine department, but being in their home environment was truly remarkable. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with kindness, hospitality and eagerness to learn about Stanford Sports Medicine, our multidisciplinary approach and advances in concussion protocols, research and evaluations. Sharing ideas and learning from other clinicians from around the world is definitely one of the things that sets our sports medicine department apart from others. I look forward to continuing to learn and being a part of future student’s experiences with Stanford Sports Medicine. This trip was one I will never forget! Thank you!”

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