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In-Depth Look: Athletic Trainer who Works with a Reality TV Show and Live Action Entertainment

Posted July 1, 2016

Kelly Hudson, MS, ATC, with the cast of Universal Studios Hollywood’s “WaterWorld.” The cast is pointing to the parts of their body that hurt!

Kelly Hudson, MS, ATC, is the Lead Athletic Trainer for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and the Head Athletic Trainer for Action Horizons Stunts.

Describe your setting:

“The Biggest Loser” is a reality television film set.

Action Horizons is located at Universal Studios Hollywood and works with live action shows including: “WaterWorld,” “TriWizard Tournament,” “Raptor Encounter” and “Special Effects Show.”

How long have you worked in this setting?

I have been a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) for 21 years and have been fortunate enough to spend the past 17 years working in performing arts.

Describe your typical day:

Truly, there is no typical day in reality TV or live stunt shows. I am certainly never bored!

On the set of “The Biggest Loser” our team is in constant motion. First and last chance workouts, extreme challenges and location shoots keep us on our toes. Much like the cast, we never know what surprises are ahead.

Backstage at Universal Studios Hollywood, I care for 120 professional stuntmen and stuntwomen. Water skiers launched through the air, 45-foot fire dives, knock-down-drag-out-fights and near-miss jet ski chases are all in a day’s work.

What do you like about your position?

Hands down, my fellow ATs on the set of “The Biggest Loser” are the best part of my job. They are excellent at what they do. They are colleagues and friends, and I am so fortunate for the team we have created.

When I am working for Action Horizons Stunt Shows, I am on my own in an open air training room with only a portable table and a kit. I am also surrounded by Hollywood’s hardest working performers.  It is incredibly rewarding to be part of a company that puts such value on the health and wellness of their cast.

What do you dislike about your position?

As the old saying goes, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I chose wisely and haven’t worked since. I can honestly say that I love every part of what I do!

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

First, find what you love and then create opportunities for yourself and our profession.

Second, never pass up an opportunity that crosses your path. Big or small, good or bad, they are all stepping stones to your ultimate goal.

Third, surround yourself with incredible people and you will thrive.