Who I am and What I do

February 28, 2014

People call me crazy (I am). People call me nuts (I am). People ask me all the time why I do what I do? Each day I have an opportunity to educate. Educate a healthcare provider about what an Athletic Trainer is. Educate a parent or a student-athlete about their injury. Educate the public about concussions. Hopefully each day I take that opportunity to educate with a positive attitude. I am an Athletic Trainer. It’s what I am passionate about. I love to spread the word. I hope your student-athlete never needs me on their darkest day, but know that if that shall come, I’ll be there. I’ll be there to manage the injury from start to finish. Because that’s what Athletic Trainers do. Each and Every Day.

Every Athlete Deserves an Athletic Trainer. #AT4ALL


Professional education is something that is ever-evolving and if a profession does not keep up, it is likely to be left behind. With that in mind, a taskforce was tasked with providing information regarding a potential move from the bachelors level to a masters level degree program as the “entry level” into Athletic Training. This group has no authoritative standing, however its recommendations can be beneficial for the profession and the related organizations who do have that power.

You can read the document here: http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/The_Professional_Degree_in_Athletic_Training.pdf

Let me come right out and say it. When I began this discussion and began reading this document, I was against making the move to an Entry-Level Masters (ELM). I can’t say that my opinion has changed, but I do have a better understanding of the idea to move to an ELM is coming from and some of it does make sense to me. Continued work is definitely needed and thankfully this is not a move that will be made overnight.

This blog I am going to highlight a few points that I found to be important in this document and will provide brief commentary to go along with those points. In future blog articles in the coming days and weeks, I plan to expand on some topics and also share my vision of where our profession needs to head. Definitely check out my first post if you haven’t seen it already! Read the rest of this entry »

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This has been something I’ve meant to write for some time. It is something that seems to frustrate some within the profession and others are much more nonchalant about it. Well, I’m one who is much more of a stickler.

It is crucial that athletic trainers utilize proper terminology. You want respect from the media and the general public? Earn it. Live it. We must utilize proper terminology each and every day as professionals if we want our profession to get the respect it deserves. It starts with US! I have used the hashtag #AthleticTrainernottrainer numerous times on Twitter and so have other people. Read the rest of this entry »

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is calling for a “time out” for emergencies as the fall sports seasons prepare to kick off. The NATA is recommending a meeting be held prior to athletic participation by healthcare providers to ensure proper safety procedures are in place and so the providers are coordinated for any emergencies that may occur.
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Last August Paul LaDuke, an Athletic Trainer and a colleague of mine from Pennsylvania, posted on his blog about the importance of relationships in athletic training. I always knew that was important, but I never truly realized it until recently. As a young professional, I am always trying to improve my professional life from many standpoints. One consideration was going back to graduate school and becoming a graduate assistant athletic trainer. I had a couple of offers and opportunities that would have put me into Division I athletics which would have been awesome. But for a variety of reasons, I have elected not to do so and as I was trying to make my decision that word kept coming back to me: Relationships.

See more at: http://www.bocatc.org/blog/athletic-trainer-certification/relationships/

March is…

March 19, 2012

March is National Athletic Training Month and this year the National Athletic Trainers’ Association is celebrating it with the theme “Athletic Trainers Save Lives.” I believe this is a great theme because athletic trainers are healthcare providers often responsible for potential life threatening injuries on the athletic fields and off! But athletic trainers are so much more than just emergency personnel.

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Looking Ahead to March

January 31, 2012

Read my newest blog post at the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers’ website. Here is a little preview…

As the calendar turns, it’s time to prepare and start thinking about what lies ahead. For Athletic Trainers, March is comingquickly and March equals National Athletic Training Month. This year’s theme is “Athletic Trainers Save Lives.” It is important for us to promote the profession and our knowledge and skill on a daily and weekly basis, but the month of March provides us the opportunity to really reach out to our communities both in society and the medical communities around us.

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I want to thank all of you have read my blog over the last several months. Since June of this year, I have tried to provide insights to fitness and athletic training from the viewpoint of a Certified Athletic Trainer. Over the next year, I hope to continue to do just and continue to improve the blog. I have enjoyed reading the comments and would love more feedback! Read the rest of this entry »

The other day I launched a post “Ten Reasons Your School Needs an Athletic Trainer.” It got an overwhelming response with over 400 views. Over the next few days, you’ll see an expansion to include explanations of each of the ten reasons I stated previously.

1. A certified athletic trainer is the #1 healthcare provider trained and educated to work with athletes.

Healthcare is made up of a large variety of specialties. Each provider is unique and important to the healthcare system in their own individual way. It is important to recognize that although there may appear to be some overlap between various specialties, each profession is different in some way and that is often an important distinction. Certified Athletic Trainers are one piece of the healthcare system here in the United States and Athletic Training is a profession that is often practiced outside of the “normal medical setting.” Read the rest of this entry »

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