Student takes professional development to the next level

Mar 12, 2013

Genna FucsoWhen Genna Fusco set foot on Heidelberg’s campus, she had no idea what she would accomplish.

She came to Heidelberg unsure if athletic training was the right path for her, but after 75 hours of observation her freshman year, she was hooked. “After seeing what an athletic trainer did, I knew it was what I wanted to do,” she said.

Genna has worked with varsity teams including men’s soccer, wrestling, track and field, football, men’s basketball and Tiffin Columbian football. “I really get involved with patients because I want to help people as much as I can.”

She is also helping out her fellow athletic trainers. Genna was selected as a senator for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association. She is one of two senators from Ohio serving a two-year term.

It was here she realized the need for a student association for Ohio. She and her fellow Ohio senator set out to establish the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association associated Student Senate. Last May, they created an executive committee and wrote a constitution. Now with seven Ohio student senators, they have developed programming for students at the OATA conference.” Our goal is to get students involved and make leaders in athletic training,” Genna said.

Through her work with both the regional Great Lakes AT Association and the newly founded OATA, Genna has sharpened her networking skills. “You meet a lot of professionals (at conferences). I’ve even met the president of the national association.”

Genna’s other activities at Heidelberg have influenced her experiences. She credits the Honors Program with giving her a broader perspective.

“I have taken classes I would never have thought to take,” she said. “I can relate everything in the seminars to my career in athletic training.”

The Honors Program requires 40 hours of community service and Genna has been volunteering at Elmwood Nursing Home on the Alzheimer’s unit. While the residents are a far cry from young college athletes, everything she does gives her relatable experiences. “It’s a cool connection to see how the human body is the same no matter who you are working with.”

This summer, Genna landed an internship with the WNBA in New York. “My ultimate goal would be to work for a professional soccer team. Working for the WNBA might get my foot in the door,” she said.

Her time spent with athletic teams coupled with her professional development experience will make Genna a force to be reckoned with after graduation. “I always want to be better,” she said. “That will stick with me.”