If You Want to Be It, Then Do It

March 13, 2013

Sorry for the rant today, but it’s something that has bothered me lately. This post is not intended to be offensive and I hope people don’t take it as such. But today I must put my feelings out there…

If you want to be it, then go do it! I think this is one of our (many) problems in healthcare. Everybody thinks they are qualified to do everybody’s job. Chiropractors demand to be called doctors. Nurses want to be called doctors. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners want the power of being a doctor. Physical Therapists want the power of being a doctor. But Physical Therapists also want to be Chiropractors and Athletic Trainers too! Chiropractors want to be doctors and they want to be Physical Therapists too! Athletic Trainers think they should be Physical Therapists. Anybody else confused yet?

If you don’t believe me, look around the internet. Talk to your colleagues, and see it!

As many of you know, I’m a Certified Athletic Trainer. And I love what I do! I’m proud to call myself an Athletic Trainer and really I can’t see myself doing anything else. And I’m currently studying for a Masters Degree with an athletic training concentration. Even within our classes, it is evident to me the jealousy that my fellow Athletic Trainers have for Physical Therapists. They want to be called “Therapist” rather than “Athletic Trainer.” They want the 9-5 job that “Therapists have” rather than the more sporadic hours that Athletic Trainers have. Is it wrong that they want that? No, it’s not. But if you want to be called “Therapist” and you want the 9-5 job, then go become a Therapist and get a Therapist job.

I was reading a post on a discussion board just the other day and the question was posed “Will a PT with Sports Concentration make the Athletic Trainer irrelevant?” To become a Sports Certified Specialist in the PT world, one must be an Athletic Trainer or EMT. Well, I got news for you– I don’t want an EMT on the sideline of a sports game playing “Athletic Trainer.” Just like a Physical Therapist wouldn’t want an Athletic Trainer in their clinic seeing an 85 year old total hip replacement patient.

Now I want you all to understand something. I recognize that our professions do overlap. There’s no question about that. But when it comes to be jealous because one profession does this and that profession does that, that’s where it sets me off. Be proud of who you are and what you do. If you want to do something else, then go do it!

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5 Responses to “If You Want to Be It, Then Do It”

  1. Jason Viel Says:

    Mike,
    While I agree with what you are saying whole heartedly as a fellow AT. I do have to say I get sick and tired of schools abusing us. They want us there all the time and when you have a family this just eats into family time which I refuse to give up. No job is worth me missing my kids. I realize that the job requires odd and sometimes long hours however until schools/clinics/etc are willing to pony up for adequate pay I will refuse to work at the beck and call of every coach.
    I have worked hard at setting up my hours so that I am still available for all my athletes but also I go home so I can spend time with my wife and kids.
    Without these parameters set up it will only lead to more and more AT’s suffering from burnout. I feel that AT’s who just do it because it is our job all eventually end up getting burned out.
    Again I agree with what you are saying if you dont want to be an Athletic Trainer dont do it go get your PTA or PT or what ever degree you want so that you can work a 9-5 job but we also have to manage our hours and demand equal pay for our skills.

  2. Brenda Says:

    My question regarding this is if a Chiropractor has his/her certified chiropractic sports physician (CCSP), can they act as an ATC. Can they serve as a high school chiropractor and work events like we do?

  3. Brenda Says:

    So say we are speaking of Arizona

  4. Derek Says:

    I really like the title of this post. So many people are saying “I want to be this… I want to be that…” but don’t take any action.


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