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

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.

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