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CWS: Meet an AT from the University of Florida

During the College World Series, we spoke with Athletic Trainers (ATs) who traveled the Road to Omaha to keep their baseball teams healthy during the Series.  In this edition, we talked with Jon Michelini, ATC, Head Baseball Athletic Trainer, Sports Health Manager of University of Florida.

Describe your setting:

I work in Division 1 baseball at the University of Florida.

How long have you worked in this setting?

I’ve worked at the University of Florida for 2 years and worked in a similar setting for a total of 11 years.

Describe your typical day:

My typical day usually varies based on the time of year.  Right now my schedule normally starts with morning lifting and conditioning.  Then, I meet with athletes for appointments and treatments.  I might also meet with staff and perform administrative functions until lunch.

After lunch, I start pre-practice duties, and then practice from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  During the off season, I finish post-practice treatments and am normally finished for the day.  However, during season, we have games that start at 7:00pm and last well into the evening.

What do you like about your position?

I have always liked and preferred to work in the college setting.  I appreciate the relationships built with each of the athletes.  There is just something different about baseball I have always enjoyed.  It also helps that I have worked in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for 8 seasons. This helps me to get front row seats to some of the best athletes in the country.

What do you dislike about your position?

I did not enjoy having to leave Omaha while other teams were playing for the College World Series championship

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

I’d tell a young Athletic Trainer to work hard and get lots of experience.  Dream jobs and perfect settings are not easy to come by so be prepared to put in your time to get there. However, don’t forget to enjoy the process.