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APSU teams with physical therapy group to offer HHP assistantships

July 30, 2002

Austin Peay State University's health and human performance (HHP) program has four new graduate assistantships, thanks to a partnership with Star Physical Therapy.

Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., Star Physical Therapy is a health care company that supplies an array of physical therapy services to clients throughout the mid-state region.

These include several high schools, where four APSU graduate students will work this fall.

To fulfill assistantship requirements, the students will work 800 hours over a nine-month period, starting Aug. 1, providing athletic training support to after-school sports teams and in Star Physical Therapy's clinics.

In return, each will receive a $10,500 stipend, paid by Star Physical Therapy, to defray tuition and other expenses. These include liability insurance, licensure as a Tennessee training practitioner, National Athletic Trainers' Association membership and participation in an annual conference of Tennessee athletic trainers.

The stipend also will cover the cost of traveling to work sites.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our HHP students," said Dr. Wayne Chaffin, chair of the department of health and human performance.

"The academic knowledge they receive will be complemented by this real-world experience in athletic training, making them more marketable job candidates."

Dr. Lou Beasley, interim dean of the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences, agrees: "Public/private partnerships are the wave of the future for higher education. I foresee APSU being more proactive in aggressively seeking them out, especially in areas of critical need like nursing and medical technology."

Students awarded the new positions will be selected from a national pool of applicants and screened by Austin Peay as well as Star Physical Therapy.

For more information, telephone 6111.