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Shelby Collins
2/8 Discussion
Fri Feb 8, 2013 3:20pm
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I have contemplated what topic I would find enjoyable enough to write about since this paper was assigned. I have always been a sports fanatic so my immediate thoughts were to write about ice skating, softball or volleyball because they are all sports I have participated in throughout my life. I began to do some simple research on all and realized that writing a research paper pertaining to any of these sports would be a waste of my time and efforts. I already have knowledge of the sport that others do not, so explaining the history and general facts about the sport to inform my audience would just be futile, I would gain little to no new knowledge about my topic. I then realized that I could write about a sport that I donít know much about, such as, basketball or hockey but I just wasnít intrigued enough to pursue that idea. After running in topic finding circle, I was back at square one, with no idea what to research.
Finally, I settled on the idea of researching athletic trainers. This topic really sparks my interest because I am studying to become an athletic trainer but feel like I know very little about the topic. Although, I was a student athletic trainer in high school I am naÔve about the topic as it relates to the real world. I have no idea if this occupation is growing, how much I would be making, how hard it is to land a job, Iím basically clueless. In my research I plan on discovering the answers to the unknown and gaining a better understanding of what I am getting myself into if I stay on this career path. I am also excited to learn the general facts about athletic training as well for this will help me gain insight to my major. I believe that I will thoroughly enjoy this topic because I will not only be informing my audience but I will be informing myself. This allows for no previous biases to be present and no little details to be overlooked. After completion of this research paper I plan on being able to answer any questions about the history, the aspects and the future of jobs in athletic training.

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