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Athletic Training

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession (NATA).

Athletic trainers work with Club Sports, Intramural Sports, faculty/staff members, and informal recreation participants.

What Is Athletic Training?

Multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations.  As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.   (NATA)


  • Services:

    • Rehabilitation programming

    • Exercise Correction

    • Manual Therapy

      • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

      • Cupping

    • Concussion Management

    • Therapeutic Modalities

      • Electrical Stimulation

      • Therapeutic Ultrasound

    • Prophylactic Taping

  • Who do we work with?

    • Club Sports, Intramural Sports, Faculty/Staff members, Informal Recreation participants

Allison Blackwood, Athletic Trainer

Allison Blackwood is a Birmingham native and is a graduate of Auburn University, earning her degree in May 2018 in Fitness, Conditioning & Performance. She then attended Lenior-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC for her Master’s in Athletic Training. Upon graduation, she began working in Winston-Salem, NC for Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist as a high school athletic trainer for a year and a half. She later worked for the Hughston Clinic, serving as a contracted athletic trainer for Recreation and Wellness at Auburn University until she was hired full-time in 2023.


Alyssa Rhodes, Athletic Trainer

Alyssa Rhodes is a Cleveland, Ohio native and has been in Auburn since 2020. Alyssa joined the Auburn University team in September 2023 serving as an Athletic Trainer for Recreation and Wellness. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from The University of Akron and her Master of Sport Science in Exercise Science from The United States Sports Academy. Prior to Auburn University, Alyssa worked in Columbus, GA for The Hughston Clinic as a high school ATC for two and a half years.

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