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Americans Partner with University of Idaho Athletic Training Clinical Experience Program

July 7, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Tri-City Americans News Release

KENNEWICK, WA - Tri-City Americans General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the Americans have partnered with the University of Idaho to provide clinical experience for their Athletic Training program.

"As a former educator myself, I understand the importance of students gaining real hands-on practicum experience," said Tory. "We're excited to provide this chance for students from the University of Idaho's Athletic Training program to pursue clinical experience with our hockey club."

The partnership provides an opportunity for a student to gain hands-on experience and prepare for a career in athletic training. Clinical experience is a central part of the University of Idaho's Athletic Training program. In previous years, students have done their clinical experience with other WHL and NCAA hockey teams.

"The goal is to get hands-on experience," explains Athletic Training Co-Instructor Sam Hanna. "We teach them everything they need to know in the classroom, but also want them to have experience working with real patients and real athletic teams."

"Hockey is a sport that a lot of athletic training students might not have the opportunity to work with and this partnership offers that experience."

The WHL has announced a Return to Play Protocol for the 2020-21 season with an anticipated start date of Friday, October 2.

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