The Rebel Athletic Training Society (RATS), within the school of Integrated Health Sciences, aspires to promote, advance, encourage, and improve the Athletic Training profession. Our organization helps further develop and promote the abilities and education of all members, provide current information regarding all aspects of the field, to enable members to become more acquainted personally through casual good fellowship, and to better serve the common interests of its members by providing a means for free exchange of ideas within the profession. We present opportunities to our members to develop leadership skills and build networks within the athletic training profession and other allied health professions. Also, we spread awareness of the profession by demonstrating our skills and educating the public, while volunteering at multiple events throughout the local community. RATS believes community service is essential for the betterment of the community and awareness of the profession, which is why we hold monthly volunteer events at local charities and organizations.
RATS members are a part of an accredited program (UNLV Athletic Training) that requires each student to volunteer a minimum of 200 hours in the spring and 300 hours in the fall for clinical internships. The majority of the students have limited finances due to the obligation of the accredited program and the inability to work as much. These obligations make it challenging for our members to pay in full for events such as conferences, the board of certification exam, books, etc. We offer annual scholarships to help our members cover fees.
For the 2021-2022 fiscal year, we are attempting to raise a total of $6,000.00 for hotel fee, travel, and registration to an education symposium, the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium in San Diego, California and the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These symposiums offer an opportunity for our members to attend a professional conference focused on evidence-based practice presentations and the opportunity to build a professional network. These professional conferences are a huge opportunity for our members to be educated by some of the greatest in our profession and we also have a chance to meet mentors, future colleagues and bosses, and peers.