Lacy Chapel, Senior Athletic Trainer at Quincy Medical Group (QMG), was recently selected to participate in the 2018 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Leadership Academy.

Since 2004, Chapel has worked as an athletic trainer at QMG.   Throughout that time, she has always sought to stay in the forefront of the field, continuously seeking opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.  When the Leadership Academy application process opened, she jumped at the opportunity.

“I’m ready for this next step to develop my leadership skills.  I don’t just want to better myself with this opportunity, but I also want to influence people around me.  I hope to develop skills that will help me inspire others to be their best,” she said.

According to the NATA website, the Academy was developed to encourage emerging and advanced association leaders to hone their skills. The academy will offer certificates that provide structured, systematic educational and training experiences. The academy will also offer short on-demand courses that assist users in honing their skills in specific areas of interest.

Her career has been rewarding, and she seeks to educate others on the value of athletic training.

“I want to serve and lead in any capacity I can, and serving as an advocate for athletic training is an important part of that,” she said.  “For me, that advocacy starts with educating people on what we do as athletic trainers.   We don’t just sit on the sidelines and tape ankles.  There’s a huge amount of education and training athletic trainers must complete.  Many of us are specialized in many different areas.”

Chapel begins the Academy this month and will begin completing the four modules covering vision, communication, collaboration, and strategic thinking.