Monday, September 26, 2011

Sports medicine/Athletic Trainer

1. How do you know what injury a player may have by looking at it?
2. What made you decide to become an athletic trainer?
3. Do you enjoy working with younger athletes? Why or why not?
4. What are your long term plans in this field?


  1. 1. When I assess an injury I go through a list of questions in which I ask the athlete what happened and how they are feeling. By asking these questions and a few other questions I am able to narrow my focus to a few different conditions. I then begin tests in which I actively stress the area in order to narrow my focus even further. By the time I am done with this testing I am able to have a good idea about what could be wrong. This process is called a differential diagnosis.

    2. I became an athletic trainer because I always enjoyed athletics and competition. I thought that working with athletes and becoming involved with sports teams for a living would be a good fit for me.

    3. I do enjoy working with younger athletes. I think that the high school level is a great fit for me. I enjoy seeing my athletes come in as freshman with so much to learn and develop as people and athletes as they move through their high school years.

    4. Right now I am happy working at the high school level. If some day I become interested in a new challenge, I think that I would go back to school to acquire a master’s degree in education. This would allow me to teach at the high school level or even possibly pursue an athletic directors position at the high school level.

  2. Which sport do you like working with the most?

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  4. Were there any other careers you that you considered on the path to this one?

  5. What opportunities would open up to you if you got your masters degree?