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In-Depth Look: Head Athletic Therapist for the Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Posted March 7, 2017

Ryan Bennett, BHED, Dip SIM, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS is Head Athletic Therapist for Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club, a major junior hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. He has worked for 12 seasons in this league.

Describe your work setting:

I work for a major junior hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. Currently, there are more players who go to the National Hockey League from our league than any other junior league in the world. It is a field setting, but I have a clinic and office I use for rehab and treatments.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I am in my 12th season in this league. Before that, I worked 4 years in professional hockey, mainly in the American Hockey League.

Describe your typical day:

There isn’t really a typical day for me as we play or practice at different times depending whether it's a weekday or weekend. Typically, we play 2-3 days a week, have 1 day off where only injured players report and practice each day the rest of the week. Our season starts with training camp in early September. The end of season is late March with a possibility of 9 weeks of playoffs. We play 34 home games and 34 road regular season games.

A typical practice day has me arriving around 8:45am to prepare for our older, non-high school players' arrival at 9:30am. They workout or receive necessary treatment until 11:00am. Once they have left for lunch, the equipment manager and I work on laundry, tidying the dressing room and gym and getting the bench ready for afternoon practice. Players arrive back around 1:00pm, and I work on any pre-practice stretching, taping, wrapping and treatment. Practice starts around 2:15pm, and I watch for issues and injuries from the bench.

When practice ends at 4:00pm, I supervise the high school players' workout and perform any other stretching or necessary treatments. The players leave around 5:00pm. At this time, the equipment manager and I work on laundry, and clean and prepare the dressing room and gym for the next day. I typically leave the rink at 6:00pm.

Game days have a similar morning with a few hours break in the middle of the day. I arrive back at 3:00pm to prepare. The players arrive between 4:00pm-5:00pm. Games usually start at 7:00pm, and I get home after the game and cleanup, between 11:00pm and 12:00am.

What do you like about your position?

I grew up playing hockey so I've always loved the team atmosphere, it's like a second family. The feeling of winning, especially big games and championships, is second to none. Treating elite and motivated athletes twice a day allows me to see quick improvements. It's very rewarding to get them playing ahead of doctors' estimates. Hockey has also allowed me to travel all over the province, country and world with my junior teams and international programs.

What do you dislike about your position?

I've missed many events including weddings, funerals, birthdays and celebrations of friends and family which is unfortunate. My schedule isn't very flexible and doesn't allow for any missed or sick days. I've missed only 2 games over 12 years, for my daughter's birth. It's also tough being away from my family during long days and long road trips. However, things like FaceTime help and having summers off goes a long way to make up for it.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

For those looking to work as an athletic therapist or Athletic Trainer (AT) with an elite sports team, I would suggest volunteering as an assistant to make sure you understand the huge level of commitment required to do a good job. Also, work with as many different ATs and other healthcare providers as possible. The skills and connections gained from other healthcare professionals will prove invaluable. Finally, nobody gets into this field for the hours or money so make sure you're learning and enjoying your job every single day. This is what I do and I haven't worked a day in my life!

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In-Depth Look: Assistant Athletic Trainer for The Original Harlem Globetrotters

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Posted December 19, 2016

Austin Burns, ATC is the Assistant Athletic Trainer for The Original Harlem Globetrotters. The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athletics, performing arts and comedy.

Describe your setting:

I work in a setting with a mixture of professional sports and performing arts.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I have worked in this setting for a little over a year and will be beginning my second tour this holiday season.

Describe your typical day:

Depending on the city we are playing in and how far we have to travel to the next city, my day will typically begin around 6:00am. We are usually on the bus by 8:00am and then off to the next location. After traveling for roughly 4 to5 hours, we check into our hotel and grab a quick lunch.

Afterwards, I head to the arena to meet up with our production and equipment truck. I’ll start by meeting with the arenas facility manager to locate the locker rooms and familiarize myself with the layout of the building. I’ll then help the truck driver unload all of my equipment and supplies; this is usually in a hallway somewhere.

The players, coaches and remaining staff arrive to the arena around 4:00pm and hold a walk through practice. At 5:00pm, I begin all of the pregame routines including stretching, taping, prehab exercise, and various other treatments depending on the needs of the athletes. At 6:45pm, the pregame entertainment begins so I’ll end all treatments and get changed for the show. The show starts at 7:00pm and runs for 2 hours.

During the show, my primary focus is no different than any other Athletic Trainer (AT). I manage acute injuries, perform wound care, make sure the athletes are hydrated and stay alert for anything out of the ordinary. Following the end of the show, the athletes have an autograph session for 20 minutes. I use this time to make ice bags, pack my equipment, load the truck and perform any additional treatments.

By 10:00pm, we are back on the bus and on our way to the hotel. Once in my room, I enter in the medical notes for the day and try to get to bed by 12:00am so I can repeat it all the next day.

What do you like about your position?

What I like most about my position is how creative and adaptive I have to be when working on location. Not having a designated room to perform treatments and exercise can be very challenging. Most days, I find myself performing corrective exercise and prehab on the bus, manual and soft tissue therapies in the hotel room and ice baths in the hotel room tubs. This can be difficult when working with athletes who are all over 6 feet 5 inches tall and can’t fit in the seats, beds or tubs.

What I also love about my position is getting to see the joy people experience when coming to one of our shows. So many children and adults leave the game smiling and laughing. To know you helped make that happen is really rewarding.

What do you dislike about your position?

The hardest part about the position is being on the road for 5 to6 months at a time. Being away from friends and family can start to take a toll on you. Fortunately, you begin to develop a small family with the athletes and staff involved in the production, which helps with the home sicknesses.

 What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

The advice I would give to any young AT looking at this setting would be to go for it!

Don’t think because you have only worked in football, baseball or basketball your whole career that you can’t tackle performing arts or any other setting. I have become a more well-rounded AT because I chose to challenge myself by working in new and different settings.

I was very nervous when I started in this position but am grateful I made the decision to take on this role.

 

 

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In-Depth Look: Athletic Trainer for the United States Soccer Federation

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Posted November 21, 2016

Steven Bagus, ATC, NASM-PES is an Athletic Trainer for the United States Soccer Federation.

Describe your setting:

I work with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). In this setting, I work with a variety of national soccer teams at a variety of locations. This setting allows for a great deal of travel and the opportunity to work with athletes of different ages.

The diversity of coaches, athletes and staff members provides a constantly changing atmosphere. This setting forces me to use all of the tools in my athletic training box. Learning the health history of the players, their needs during training camps or tournaments and the expectations of the coaching staff in a short time frame and an unfamiliar environment helps me to be a more dynamic Athletic Trainer (AT).

How long have you worked in this setting?

My first experience working with the USSF was in 2009, but I entered my current role in January 2016.

Describe your typical day:

A typical trip working for the USSF involves meeting the team at an airport to travel together for international trips or traveling to the location of a domestic camp.

The camp begins with setting up your athletic training facility, typically an empty hotel room. A typical camp has an average of 12 boxes of athletic training supplies. Once your functional athletic training facility is set up, it is important to review the physicals for each athlete. Each day of camp can be different depending on the needs of the team.

As the AT, I am expected to join the team for all team meals, prepare the athletes for practice and games and evaluate and treat the athlete’s post-activity. Each day is exciting, challenging and demanding but can be a very rewarding experience as an AT.

What do you like about your position?

I love that this position allows me to travel all over the world with the highest level of athletes.

What do you dislike about your position?

The biggest challenge of this job is learning the needs and expectations of different athletes and coaches on a regular basis.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

My advice to young professionals looking for this setting is to be very flexible and excited to help the team accomplish their goals. If you are interested in working for a national program, seek out the medical administrator and see where you can help.

 

In-Depth Look: Athletic Trainer Who Works in an Industrial Setting

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Posted September 26, 2016

Rosalina Cintron, MS, ATC, CEAS has worked as the FedEx Express on-site Athletic Trainer, and is now working on-site at O'Hare International Airport.

Describe your setting:

I am on-site at O'Hare International Airport providing service to an array of departments.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I have been on-site  for a little over two months.

Describe your typical day:  

On a typical day, I attend leadership meetings, perform injury evaluations and conduct symptom intervention services. The services I provide is an effort to keep each employee safe and productive within their workplace.

What do you like about your position?

As an industrial athletic trainer,  I focus on the whole person. This method of patient care provides me with the opportunity to build relationships that make an impact. The satisfaction of helping someone become pain free and stronger is the most satisfying feeling. It makes me strive to be the best I can be at my profession!

What do you dislike about your position?

There isn’t anything that I dislike about my position!

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

The best advice I can provide for a young AT is to never work in seclusion, and most importantly, love what you do!

 

 

 

 

 

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In-Depth Look: Athletic Trainer for the USA Women’s National Volleyball Team

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Posted August 5, 2016

Jill Wosmek, ATC

Jill Wosmek, ATC is Head Athletic Trainer for the USA Women’s National Volleyball Team. She has been working in this setting for over 7 years.

Describe your setting:

I work with the Women’s National Volleyball Team and Olympic level athletes.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I started working in this setting in May of 2009.

Describe your typical day:

My day starts early. I like to get in a morning workout prior to the day starting so am up at 4:30am. I’ll then start admin and prep work for the morning session with the team. The athletes start to arrive around 7:00am for pre-practice treatment and therapy. The team trains from 8:30am to 11:30am. I will do a variety of things during that time including admin tasks, rehab with post-op athletes or watch practice. We’ll then preform post-practice treatments, and afterwards, go to lunch.

In the afternoon, we prepare for a second session. This may be more court work, yoga or weightlifting depending on the day and the athlete’s needs. We end the day with lots of recovery and individualized treatment plans. At some point, we normally have a staff meeting, so there is always time to strategize with our team.

USA win first Women's World Championship title.

What do you like about your position?

I like working with elite level athletes and having the responsibility of being an influencer to this unique group. I also like having a leadership role that goes beyond a typical Athletic Trainer position.  I’m lucky to feel fulfilled and challenged in my role and have the ability to provide selfless service that goes beyond just a sport.

What do you dislike about your position?

Like any athletic training position, time management can be challenging. It can be hard to find time for yourself outside of work.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

My advice would be to gain as much experience as you can! We all have so much to learn, and I still feel overwhelmed at times when I come across things I’d like to know more about. It can be tough to fit it all in.

I would also say to appreciate other disciplines and rely on their insight as well. The best service you can provide to your athletes and staff is a comprehensive approach to sports medicine and performance along with humility.

 

 

In-Depth Look: Athletic Trainer for the US Air Force Special Operations

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Posted July 21, 2016

Steven Koch
MS, LAT, ATC, CKTP

Steven Koch, MS, LAT, ATC, CKTP, is Program Manager/Head Athletic Trainer for the Versatile Injury Prevention and Embedded Reconditioning (VIPER) Clinic for the United States Air Force. He currently works with Air Force Special Operations.

Describe your work setting:

The military setting is a unique setting to say the least. As an Athletic Trainer (AT), there are many opportunities to think outside the box. Not only are there your typical acute athletic injuries including sprains and contusions, but you’ll also see chronic/overuse injuries or stress-related injuries. These injuries include stress reactions and stress fractures that will mimic other injuries ATs really won’t see in a typical athletic setting.

On the flip-side, we see muscular injuries that are also compensating for a stress injury and evolving from a stress reaction into a stress fracture. As an AT in the military, the focus is geared towards injury prevention. A lot of the injuries we see are lower extremity injuries. Most of these can be mitigated by teaching something as simple as proper running form, rucking form, stretching techniques or correcting biomechanics during exercise.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I have spent a little more than 5 years working in a military setting. I first started off doing my graduate degree at the 377th Medical Group (MDG) out at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After that, I worked in the Army for close to 3 years with Basic Combat Training and Army Sapper School.

After a brief hiatus from the military, I was brought on to work in the Navy Seal/SWCC pipeline up at Naval Station Great Lakes at the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School. I’m now in San Antonio, Texas to work with Air Force Special Operations including Pararescuemen/Combat Rescue officers; Tactical Air Control Party, Combat Control, and Special Operations Weather Team specialists; and Special Tactics officers.

Describe your typical day:

My typical day starts around 6:00am. I go out to early morning physical training and observe the airmen completing exercises to ensure they have proper form.

After physical training is complete, I perform musculoskeletal sick call. This means if anyone is hurt or injured, I perform a complete neuromusculoskeletal evaluation and diagnose the injury. From there, I educate the airman about their injury, perform manual therapy as well as give them therapy exercises to help decrease their pain, heal them and keep them in training. Performing sick call keeps the airman in training and decreases training time lost, which increases on-time graduation rates.

Depending on the injury, I may have to keep the airman from performing or modify certain training exercises or events in order for the injury to heal a little faster. If needed, I refer the airman to our sports medicine physician if I suspect any type of evolving stress injury so they can receive further evaluation and appropriate imaging, which is usually an x-ray or stress fracture MRI.

Once musculoskeletal sick call is complete, I attend training events, whether it is an obstacle course, ruck march or other physical training event. Just in case someone gets injured, the AT is normally on site to evaluate the injury. Most of the time, the AT also performs some of the training events going on. Being side-by-side with the airmen or instructors during the training events is a good way to get to know the airmen and gain their trust.

After the day is complete, I perform one final sick call to see if any airmen need further treatment. On any given day, the airmen have the chance of going through 2 to 3 musculoskeletal sick calls. This ensures they have the opportunity to get any injuries evaluated and treated accordingly.

What do you like about your position?

First off, I work among some of the military’s most elite airmen. I never did sign the dotted line to serve the military myself, so I thought, the least I could do would be to provide them with immediate medical services. Just like any other AT, I like to see the airman fully recover from an injury and join back with their team like they were never injured.

Second, I work with an excellent team of 3 other ATs and a sports medicine physician, who together, make for a great team and provide unparalleled medical services. Unlike sports, every day is game day for these individuals, and they really don’t have any down time. When they eventually get to their team, they have to be ready with little to no notice and have to perform at 110 percent at any given time.

What do you dislike about your position?

The hardest part of my job is evaluating an injury and knowing the airman might have a stress-related injury. That injury will keep them from continuing on with their team who they have built a strong relationship with. It’s kind of like having an injured athlete watch their team from the sidelines.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

The best advice I can give to a young AT looking into the military setting is to reach out to those who already work in the military setting. Look for internship opportunities to gain hands-on experience. The military is still an up-and-coming setting for ATs. It isn’t your typical setting – there aren’t any games to prepare for, no overnight travel and no time away from your family. The military setting is challenging to break into to say the least. All branches usually require a bachelor’s degree with 5-8 years’ experience, or a master’s degree with 3-5 years’ experience. Having additional credentials is also very helpful in setting yourself above other ATs who are applying for the same position.

 

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In-Depth Look: Meet an Athletic Trainer who Specializes in Dance Injuries

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Posted May 24, 2016

Alison Deleget, MS, ATC, is the Program Manager at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in New York City.  She works with research, education and clinical care of dance patients. 

Describe your setting:

I work at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, a non-profit organization which is part of the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. We have several service areas including research, education and clinical care of dancer patients. The Athletic Trainers (ATs) in my department, me included, are skilled within all of these areas. We work with our dance companies to provide on-site care at the company studios, much like a traditional athletic training setting. We also provide educational workshops to dancers, dance teachers and healthcare providers. Our ATs are also an integral part of our research initiatives, authoring or co-authoring publications in dance medicine and serving as investigators on center-wide research studies.

In my current role as Program Manager, I am doing more administrative work now than clinical work. I oversee all service areas of the Harkness Center to ensure our patients are receiving the best possible care. I also ensure our employees are working in a safe and enjoyable workplace, and that the department is in compliance with all of the various state and federal guidelines governing medical practices.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I just celebrated my 10th anniversary at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. I have been in my new position of Program Manager for the last 8 months. Prior to that, I held the title Clinical Specialist.

Describe your typical day:

That’s a tough one! Every day is different, which is one of the things I love about this job. In one week, I can be in several different places, doing very different things.

A typical week may involve: treating one of our companies at their studio, giving an educational workshop to dance students and working with physicians at our dance clinic. I also meet with my department’s management team and/or the hospital’s leadership and spend time completing the various administrative tasks that consistently need attention.

What do you like about your position?

I like the variety of job tasks. I like that I’m constantly challenged to learn and grow, both as a clinician and as a leader within my workplace. And, of course, I LOVE working with the dancers. I am in the unique position to say I do what I love – I get to combine my passions for dance and athletic training every day!

What do you dislike about your position?

I definitely have days when the administrative parts of this job are less than exciting. On those days, I do remember progress comes through good leadership, and I have the opportunity to help this organization grow every day.

Globally, I’m frustrated with the practice limitations ATs have in New York State due to limited third party reimbursement and a practice act that is in dire need of revision. Both of these issues are being actively worked on by dedicated people in New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) and Eastern Athletic Trainer Association (EATA), so I know things are on the brink of changing for the better.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

My advice to any AT who is interested in working with dancers or in the performing arts field is to be creative! This is a very new setting for athletic training, which means job opportunities are not plentiful just yet. But, there are thousands of dancers in the United States alone who need good care and would be very appreciative, dedicated patients!

If you can be creative and proactive, there are opportunities out there. Many employers would love to expand their practices into the dance world – a new population means a new revenue stream. They just need the right AT to open that door for them.

 

A Day in the Life of a DME Athletic Trainer

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Posted April 20, 2016

Brian Bradley
MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

By Brian Bradley, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is a fancy term for braces, splints and crutches. I work in an orthopaedic clinic that employs 7 Athletic Trainers (ATs) to work in the DME Department. Here is what an average day looks like.

Clinic typically runs from 8:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch. During clinic, I use the electronic medical records (EMR) system to track the DME ordered by the physicians. When an order comes up, there are several things I have to do before the fitting. First, I check to see what was ordered, the diagnosis, what insurance the patient has and the size of the patient. There are also different rules for each insurance carrier I need to know.

I select the proper brace ordered from inventory and bring it to the patient’s room. There, I instruct the patient on what the brace does, how to use it and the general care of the brace. Once they understand everything, I go over the insurance information with them including how it will be billed and how much they should expect to pay. I then escort the patient to check-out and follow through with inputting the appropriate HCPCS codes into the charge ticket. Afterwards, I log the brace into our inventory tracking system.

Brian Bradley on the job as a DME Athletic Trainer.

Sometimes physicians order a home exercise program for a patient. In that case, I create a progressive home exercise program geared specifically for the patient based on their diagnosis. I also take into account their age, height and weight. Once I create the program, I go into the patient’s room to explain and demonstrate how to perform the exercises. I then answer any questions they may have and teach them the importance of translating the exercises over to everyday life. It is important for them to be aware of their body posture and daily functioning to assist in preventing further injury.

Although some physicians order more DME/HEPs than others, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done when I do not have many DME orders. I contact both commercial and worker’s compensation insurance carriers to obtain benefits and authorization for high-end items like functional knee braces, TENS units and range of motion devices. Updating and managing the inventory for the clinic is another important part of my job to make sure we have enough items in all the sizes. I also contact patients who may need to pick up items for surgery and schedule them to come into 1 of our 6 locations. I take calls from patients who have questions on how to use a brace or how to adjust the brace so it fits better.

I enjoy being an AT in the clinical setting because I get to see a wide range of patients, from pediatrics to patients on Medicare, from athletes to patients with worker’s compensation claims. At the orthopaedic clinic, I am exposed to a wide variety of injuries. We have 21 physicians with 7 physician assistants. They treat everything from anterior cervical disc fusions to hammer toes, total joint replacements to patellar femoral pain. There is even an orthopaedic surgeon with a specialty in orthopaedic oncology treating musculoskeletal tumors.

One thing that attracted me most to working in the DME department was the regular schedule. I do not have to work any Saturdays or late night games. I am home every night with my wife and daughter eating dinner as a family. While I did love being an AT in the secondary school setting, I love that I get to see my family more. I also have the opportunity to pick up additional work as needed that fits into my schedule. I enjoy being an AT and am happy I found a setting where I get to use my education and experience but still spend a lot of time with my family.

In-Depth Look: Athletic Trainer working as an Associate Professor

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Posted March 3, 2016

Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC works in higher education, primarily in graduate post-professional education at A.T. Still University of Health Services (ATSU). 

Describe your setting:

ATSU is named for the founder of osteopathic medicine, Andrew Taylor Still.  The university is a graduate, health professions university with 2 campuses located in Kirksville, Missouri and Mesa, Arizona.  I’m located in Mesa, where there are a variety of health professional programs including athletic training, dental, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and many more.  I am fortunate to work with and teach in several of the programs on campus and online, which allows me to interact with, work alongside and learn from a variety of health professionals.

Currently, my primary position is in the online, post-professional kinesiology program. The students enrolled in this program come from a variety of health and fitness backgrounds.  I also have adjunct positions in athletic training and dental programs.

While teaching is a large component of my job, it is not what I spend most days doing.  I currently serve on many institutional and professional committees, which requires time for meetings, and work on projects for the organization.  I also am working on several research projects, which requires concentrated time for reading and writing.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I began working in higher education after earning my PhD in 2005.  I started at Indiana State University and was there for 3years as a faculty member in the athletic training department working with both undergraduate and graduate accredited programs.

In 2008, I moved to ATSU.  For 3 years, I was an assistant professor for anatomy in the Arizona School of Health Sciences.  In this position, I was responsible for teaching the physician assistant and audiology anatomy courses.  In 2011, I had the opportunity to become involved in online education and transferred from anatomy to the kinesiology program, formerly known as human movement.  All along, I’ve been fortunate to remain connected to the athletic training programs, where I’ve taught several courses and served as a thesis adviser.

Describe your typical day:

I gauge my schedule and typical day according to the academic calendar and the current quarter.  As much as I try to structure my schedule, it inevitably is changed!  In general, I like to get into the office early – I consider it my uninterrupted time – to read, respond to emails and grade.  Most days, by 9:00am, are filled with committee and student meetings.  I also carve out time to interact with students in the online courses I teach and work on projects, such as research and course development.

What do you like about your position?

I like working with people, so the interaction I have with colleagues and students is something I really enjoy and value.  I also like that I have flexibility in terms of how I use my time to complete tasks. I also have a variety of courses, projects and committees in which I am involved.

What do you dislike about your position?

Sometimes there are too many opportunities to get involved, and I am not the best at saying no to things!

Recently, I have begun to miss the clinical setting and am exploring how to integrate that back into my work.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

There will be many opportunities that come to you so learn to be judicious in what you agree to do so you do not overcommit yourself.  I am still trying to take this advice!  I also think learning time management and life balance early in your career is important to continued success and enjoyment in this setting.

 

In-Depth Look: Meet an Athletic Trainer for Disneyland Park

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Posted February 11, 2016

Jena Hansen-Honeycutt, MS, ATC, PES is an Athletic Trainer at Disneyland Park in California.  Her role includes working with the entertainment staff to improve performance and prevent injuries.

Describe your setting:

I work with the entertainment staff at Disneyland by providing injury prevention services for a diverse work force, including but not limited to, character performers, equity stunt performers, actors, gymnasts, puppeteers, dancers, musicians, photographers, show support technicians, and cosmetology technicians.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I have been working in this setting for 2 years.

Describe your typical day:

A typical day depends largely on the shift that you are working and staff that you will encounter. I mostly work in a location that works with Parades and entertainment support staff. On a typical day I would initially check my email and schedule to see if there are any scheduled appointments for the location I am at. About 2 hours prior to the parade step-off time we see the performers as needed and provide services to aid them in preparing for their day (i.e., warm-up, exercise progression, first aid, taping, etc.), improving performance, and preventing injuries. At the time of Parade step-off there is a drop in patient load and we take a lunch break.

Upon returning from lunch the performers are taking a break and checking in with AT staff as needed, preparing for the next performance, and creating a plan for progression. Following this second wave of parade preparation we complete any documentation that could not be completed earlier and clean our facilities. In other shifts, I would work with smaller shows and spends the day going to the areas of performances/ where performers are taking breaks and check-in with them to provide them with injury prevention services and education regarding health and wellness.

What do you like about your position?

I enjoy working with the performers and all other support staff, the patients are uniquely aware of their body and work diligently to improve performance and prevent injuries through participating in movement and performance screens. This patient population enjoys learning how to make their body function more efficiently.

What do you dislike about your position?

In this location there is a large patient population making it difficult to have continuity between athletic trainers providing services to the individuals.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?

I would encourage other ATs to seek opportunities in their area where they can contribute to providing AT services to groups of performing artists as this population is in need of quality health care services.