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Physical Therapist

Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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Quick Facts

  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (HEALTH SCIENCES) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
  • 12 - (PHYSICAL THERAPY) Ranking among "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report

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Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2214
Fax: 407-823-2596

AT Students Work at NFL Pro Bowl

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
From left: Emily Rice, Alina Verdeja, Dan Goinzalez, Matt Ramirez, Darian Brothers,
Tonya LaPointe, Jordan Rowley

Last month Orlando hosted some of the biggest names in the NFL at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. They came together to practice for the annual NFL Pro Bowl, and UCF athletic training students were right there in the middle of the action!

Under the direction of the sports medicine staff from
the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs, students learned what goes into keeping professional players in the game.

The week was filled with camaraderie and a celebration of football as the players practiced for the big game. The students were amazed at how approachable and friendly the players, coaches, and medical staff were. The sports medicine staff was pleased with all of the assistance they received from the students, and they were happy to answer questions and give advice.  The students noted how well the players and the coaches got along, and several said that it was like being with one big family.

While the players were lighthearted and cordial during the practice sessions, it was all business on game day. This year the NFL Pro Bowl went back to being a competitive "conference" event - AFC vs NFC. Matt Ramirez, a current junior in the athletic training program, was one of eight students chosen to work the game held at Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 29, 2017. He saw first-hand how intense the job is for athletic trainers working with the NFL. "It is a 100 percent commitment, 100 percent of the time," said Ramirez. His goal is to one day work with a professional sports team.  

All of the students brought back an appreciation for the hard work and dedication required to land a job with the NFL. "It was an incredible experience," said junior student, Alina Verdeja. "I would do it again in a heartbeat!"

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Our new student organization, the Health Awareness Prevention Society, focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle by increasing awareness of healthy living through education and prevention.
— Suha Saleh,  Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,  Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.
— Jennifer Tucker,  Physical Therapy Instructor
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