Emilee Anderson, a Hope College sophomore and athletic training major from Fenton, has been selected to represent the students of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS) as the state representative on the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA) Student Senate. The Student Senate is responsible for representing the students from the six states represented by GLATA as part of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. She will serve through the spring of 2012, the conclusion of her senior year at Hope. She was chosen from among applicants from the 13 accredited athletic training programs in Michigan. Anderson is the daughter of Philip and Rhonda Anderson of Fenton, and is a 2008 graduate of Fenton High School.
In conjunction with her major, she has held athletic training assignments with the college's men's tennis and volleyball teams, and currently the men's basketball team. Athletic trainers are allied health care professionals who prevent, manage and rehabilitate injuries in physically active populations. Hope offers a major in athletic training as one of three majors within the department of kinesiology. Hope was the first liberal arts college in Michigan to have its athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
MATS is a not-for-profit organization formed to assist its members and to educate the public on the role of a certified athletic trainer (ATC) within the health care profession. The society consists of certified athletic trainers, non-certified athletic training students and other health care professionals. GLATA includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The association represents approximately 22 percent of the total membership of the national association. Members serve in settings including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports organizations, physician offices, rehabilitation clinics and industrial work sites.