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Senior Derrick Decker has been awarded the September 2014 School of Physical Education, Sport, & Exercise Science Student of the Month.
Derrick is an Athletic Training major from Neenah, Wisconsin. His nominator described him as someone who sets himself apart from other students because of his work ethic, commitment, initiative, desire to learn, and willingness to engage in experiences that will prepare him for success in his career as an athletic trainer. Derrick chose this career path of study because of his passion for the field of sports medicine. “As an athletic trainer, you are one of the most influential and vital roles in the recovery process for an athlete,” says Derrick. He describes being able to see an athlete return to playing, following a long term injury as fascinating and very rewarding. On campus, Derrick has participated in clinical hours at area high schools, the Henry Country Sports Medicine & Performance Enhancement Clinic, and more. He is an active member of the Athletic Training Club and has won awards such as Rookie Athletic Training Student of the Year in 2013, and the Sayers Bud Miller Inspirational Award in 2014. These awards are a clear reflection of his work ethic and dedication. Derrick also had the opportunity of completing an Athletic Training summer internship with the Indianapolis Colts. While interning, Derrick helped provide medical coverage for all OTA and training camp practices, along with a few pre-season games. This internship allowed Derrick to gain proficiency in skills such as modalities, joint mobilization, stretching, rehabilitation, taping, and evaluation techniques. While interning with seven other interns from all over the nation and working with medical staff from the Colts and other NFL teams, Derrick expanded his networking opportunities and gained different perspectives of how to treat and carry out tasks as an athletic trainer. On top of his involvement in AT, Derrick is also an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He holds the executive role of house manager leaving him with the responsibility to supervise all operations involving the Sigma Chi house. All of Derrick’s leadership roles and experience thus far has definitely set him apart from other students and will lead him to many future successes.
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