Posts Tagged ‘In Depth Look’

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 with a Reality TV Show and Live Action Entertainment

Friday, July 1st, 2016

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.

 

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.

 

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: AT who is the Founder and President of 2 Companies

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Pictured are: Edward B. Kravitz, wife Michelle, daughter Adriana and dog Daphne.

 

 

 

Name and title:

Edward B. Kravitz, MS, ATC, LAT

Founder and President

Athletic Trainer Solutions, LLC

http://athletictrainersolutions.com/

Innovative CEUs, LLC

http://innovativeceus.com/

 

Describe your setting:

Athletic Trainer Solutions, LLC (ATS) is a per-diem Athletic Trainer assignment company in Connecticut. ATS assigns independent contractor athletic trainers to cover a wide variety of athletic contests from youth sports, tournaments, and middle school, high school and college events. We currently assign AT coverage for 3,000 to 4,000 games per year in Connecticut. Innovative CEUs, LLC (ICEU) is an on-line National Medical-Based Youth and Secondary Coaching Educational Company. We have also recently launched a new client’s area on our ICEU website to allow us to host any third party on line course. This now allows ICEU to license their website to any organization to host and make any of their courses as an on-line course utilizing the ICEU on-line platform. Innovative CEUs, LLC (ICEU) will be the hosting site where ATs can get a wide variety of very affordable, convenient, on-line BOC EBP CEUs to fit their busy schedules.

 

How long have you worked in this setting?

I have been a certified athletic trainer since 1994 when I graduated Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).  I founded Athletic Trainer Solutions, LLC on April 10, 2007 and Innovative CEUs, LLC on August 30, 2010.

 

Describe your typical day:

In the mornings and early afternoons I do office work for both companies, and some afternoons and evenings I cover athletic contests as an athletic trainer through Athletic Trainer Solutions, LLC. Evenings not in the field working on business work and spending time with my happy, healthy and beautiful family: my wife Michelle, our daughter Adriana and dog Daphne we adopted from Georgia.

 

What do you like about your position?

My creativity and passion let me found and create Athletic Trainer Solutions, LLC (ATS) and Innovative CEUs, LLC (ICEU). Athletic Trainer Solutions, LLC (ATS) allows me to be able to do amazing work. ATS provides AT coverage for athletic venues that would never be able to afford a full time AT, as well as covers maternity leave coverage for schools that would never be able to get an AT to provide this coverage. ATS also is able to provide ATs with a central location to get high quality independent contract AT assignments that fit their busy schedules. Innovative CEUs, LLC (ICEU) lets me run with my other passion, creating educational programs for a wide range of individuals and groups. ICEU has their own on-line medical-based coaching educational courses as well as we now license our site to any organization that wants to provide on-line education to their membership. ICEU is partnering with a lot of organizations and companies to license their on-line educational platform.   The first AT organization we have partnered with is the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) – District IV. GLATA is real excited about this collaboration so they can offer their EBP courses at an affordable price to their membership. http://innovativeceus.com/special_courses/Great_Lakes_Athletic_Trainers_Association.php

 

What do you dislike about your position? 

I do not have any dislikes running my own business.  I am really passionate about my roles and position in Athletic Trainer Solutions, LLC (ATS) and Innovative CEUs, LLC (ICEU). I embrace the hard work it is to run and grow both companies. Sometimes there are days you wake up and don’t want to work on a project that needs to get done.

 

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

A young AT should get a lot of experience in a wide range of settings before starting their own AT Assignment Company. There is a lot to creating and running your own company.  My phone can ring from a current or future client etc. at any time of the day or evening. You always need to answer and return these phone calls in a very timely manner. The same applies to emails. I have found it much better to call and or meet my clients rather than communicating with them via text, email or social media. It makes for a much better relationship with this personal connection.

When things need to get done, if AT coverage is requested at the last minute, sometimes it is me who moves my schedule around and covers the game to make sure all games are covered. Often this affects our family time, so to be successful with a family your spouse and family need to buy in and be part of your team to make this work as a family. I am fortunate my wife Michelle has always supported all my work related to starting both my businesses. Another lesson I learned running my own businesses is the customer or client is always right even when they are not. One dissatisfied customer or client can ruin your reputation.

Never be satisfied with the growth of your business. Always strive to grow or diversity your own business. One foundation of my successes was to always have a 5 year plan with 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year incremental goals to accomplish. Without this 5 year plan, I would find myself being complacent and spinning my wheels instead of moving forward towards a goal. Perseverance I believe is 99% the formula for being successful with anything in life. For every no you hear you are halfway to the yes answer you are looking for. Find a good mentoring system with people you know to be able to support and answer all your business questions. Running my own business I learn at least one new thing a day. A lot of times, I need to bounce a business idea to one of my support team or advisors to get their perspective before I make a decision. A lot of what I learned running my own business on a day to day basis is not taught in the classroom.

In-Depth Look: An AT for Major League Umpires

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

 

 

Mark A. Letendre

Mark A. Letendre, ATC

Name and title: Mark A. Letendre, ATC, Director of Umpire Medical Services, Office of the Commissioner, Major League Baseball (MLB)

Describe your setting:
I work from Scottsdale, AZ, and am responsible for the health and welfare of 74 Major League and 22 Minor League Call-Up Umpires. This is a year-round job with primary duties as a Medical Navigator charged with responsibilities that include pre-employment physicals; umpire specific functional activity assessments; lifestyle management and nutrition; handling stress, sleep, travel, injury and illness; and head blow awareness.

In addition, I have an acute sense of workers’ compensation and personal insurance rules and regulations, as well as familiarity with labor relation laws and working with a collective bargaining unit.

I work alongside a primary care/sports medicine physician, Dr. Steven Erickson, and Minor League Coordinator of Umpire Medical Services, Mark Stubblefield, ATC, to oversee the virtual medical network in place – from Seattle, WA, to Miami, FL, and Boston, MA, to San Diego, CA, and Major League cities in between, including Toronto, Canada.

How long have you worked in this setting?
I am presently in my 15th year in this position and 37th overall in professional baseball.

Describe your typical day:
I am on call 24/7, from the first day of Spring Training games in early March until the conclusion of the World Series in late October. I have set up a phone texting program with Major League Baseball Advance Media Group for immediate alert of an umpire illness or injury on the field as well as video clips of any ball, bat or bodily contact with an umpire. The video clips are emailed for review the next day.

Daily responsibilities include the following:

·         Work hand and glove with home team medical staff that is charged with triaging any acute injury or illness. Once an umpire is diagnosed, he either continues with home team medical staff for care or enters the MLB Virtual Medical Care Network
·         Set up appointment(s) for care and provide any support that is needed within the Medical Network for an umpire unable to work
·         Work daily with Director of MLB Umpiring Randy Marsh to make sure if a replacement umpire is needed, he will arrive in time for the game and estimate how long the MLB umpire will be out. MLB always wants to start a game with four umpires
·         Text, email or phone an umpire who may have sustained an illness or injury and communicate with the attending health professionals as well as with Dr. Erickson
·         Assemble all medical records and enter into Umpire Electronic Record Program
·         Process bills for treatments, supplies and services not covered by workers’ compensation
·         Work with medical provider billing departments so bills for services are earmarked correctly for processing
·         Prepare Mid Week Umpire Health Status Report for weekly Umpire Department conference call
·         Submit End of Week Umpire Health Status Report to Umpire Department supervisors and administration staff and the umpire union, World Umpire Association
·         Attempt to stay current with ever-changing sports medicine care information, particularly in concussion care, heat illness, sleep deprivation, stress and protective equipment

What do you like about your position?
I enjoy every day because it has new challenges that require multi-level problem solving. I am blessed knowing that I am contributing to the health of individuals who are charged with the integrity of our national pastime. Sharing all the health information that we Athletic Trainers have acquired empowers the umpires to be knowledgeable about themselves and make the correct calls more often than not!

I am also proud of the fact that the Office of the Commissioner chose an Athletic Trainer over a physical therapist, chiropractor, physician assistant or medical doctor to set up and be in charge of the first ever professional sports Umpire Medical Services Department!

What do you dislike about your position?
Not many dislikes.  Not part of my DNA!  I do miss the hands-on work and connection that evolves between an AT and his or her patients, and I miss seeing all the wonderful people who have come through my life because of professional baseball.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?
VOLUNTEER your time to attain more experience in whatever setting you set your goal for. Heck, had it not been for my volunteering for an American Legion baseball team in my college summer months, perhaps I would not have been as attractive to my first employer, the New York Yankees.

VOLUNTEER for a task, a work group or committee. Sure you will make mistakes, I do every day! However, ask yourself: “What’s the worst that can happen to me? Get fired from volunteer work?” You can’t pay enough for experience.

Go out of your way to “meet and greet” yourself.  There many amateur officiating associations that would love the wealth of information you possess!

Never lose your curiosity. Every person is an industrial athlete, much like the MLB and MLB (Minor League Baseball) umpires, so how do you find them to work with?

 

 

 

An In Depth Look with… Tim Koba, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES, CMT

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

An In Depth Look with… Tim Koba, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES, CMT

Describe your setting:

I am an Athletic Trainer and strength coach working in a sports medicine clinic, seeing patients with physicians in my role as a physician extender. I also work with local high schools holding outreach injury clinics and consulting with teams on injury prevention, speed, agility and strength development for their sport. I also provide staffing for football games in the fall and other events throughout the year.                                                                                                                  

How long have you worked in this setting?

I have worked there for about 6 years.

Describe your typical day:

I come to work at 8:00am and prep for the day. Then I see patients alongside the physicians until 5:00pm. On days that I travel to a school I will leave after the morning patients are completed.

What do you like about your position?

Seeing a lot of patients coming in over the years has improved my ability to take a pointed history, see trends in injury patterns and recognize the injury .

What do you dislike about your position?

I would like to be more hands-on with evaluation and treatment of patients. While it is nice being able to identify what is wrong, I would like to be able to work with them on rehab and returning them to their desired level of activity.

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

Working in a clinic is a great way to gain exposure to injuries, seeing commonalities in how injuries present and working on taking a pointed history in order to streamline the diagnostic process.

An In Depth Look with… Scott Sunderland, ATC

Friday, November 30th, 2012

An In Depth Look with…Scott Sunderland, ATC

Describe your setting:  My work setting is the collegiate athletics setting in athletics clinical care athletic training and I hold the position of Head Athletic Trainer.  I also serve the Department of Athletics as Assistant Director of Athletics w/ responsibilities in facility management, supervision of other support staff, and assisting the Director of Athletics.  Knox College is NCAA Div III and we play in
the Midwest Conference which is composed of schools from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.  Knox College is a liberal arts institution w/ 1400 students of which approximately 325 participate in 21 different sports.

How long have you worked in this setting?  I am in my 21st year, 18 full-time years at the college.  The prior 2.5 years I worked for an orthopedic group and I was contracted to Knox College as their first Athletic Trainer.

Describe your typical day:  My day can begin anywhere from 5:30am to 8:30am and last from anywhere to 7:00pm to 10:00pm minus any travel.  The early start will involve a morning workout with one of our pre-season sports and then I move into morning treatments and rehabs mixed with some administrative functions of meetings with the Athletic Department administrative staff, working with individual coaches and others from the campus on administrative topics as it relates to athletics.

I also teach a Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries in our Department of Sport Studies during our spring term and work with a variety of students throughout the year in some independent studies in related topics where essentially I guide them through self learning on topics related to sports, health, wellness, and injury. The early afternoon continues more of the same from the morning and then we move to practice prep for the afternoon practices and then to practice coverage.  If necessary, we overlap the afternoon practices with practice/competition prep for any evening activities.  All throughout that time, I work with the athletic training staff organizing the staffing of practices, mentoring them in the care of their assigned athletes, updating and re-writing our protocols, dealing with insurance issues and filing insurance paper work and managing our budget.  The day always ends with a practice or competition and post treatments and evaluations.

What do you like about your position?
The variety of tasks, I am always busy, and being on the front lines and involved in most of our Athletic Department activities.  I like to be a leader and I like the idea of being task oriented which this job requires.

What do you dislike about your position?  Long hours.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young Athletic Trainer looking at this setting?  Have fun.  Most of what we deal with can really be fun.  Enjoy the student athletes you get the opportunity to work with. Always remember they are the reason you are here.

An In Depth Look with an Athletic Trainer with the Buffalo Bills

Friday, November 16th, 2012

An In Depth Look with an AT in the NFL...Shone Gipson, ATC

Describe your setting:
I work as an AT for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.

How long have you worked in this setting?
I’ve been a BOC Certified AT since 2001 and working in this setting for 10 years.

Describe your typical day:
My typical day is like that of many Athletic Trainers. We have early mornings taking care of players performing numerous treatments and rehabilitative care. We divide up most of the administrative duties among our staff throughout the day and provide practice coverage for our athletes.


What do you like about your position?
I like the one on one interaction I get to have with our players who are involved in rehabilitation. Getting to know them and watching them progress back from an injury is truly worthwhile.

What do you dislike about your position?
I dislike being away from my family, at times. It's especially tough during the holidays when my family is in Texas and I'm in Buffalo, New York working.

What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young Athletic Trainer looking at this setting?
Work hard and be willing to put in extra time to improve upon your craft. Your positive energy and vision must be greater than anyone's and everyone's negativity. Your certainty must be greater than everyone's doubt. That is how individuals work and succeed at this level of the profession.