An In Depth Look with...David App, MS, LAT, ATC, CES

An In Depth Look with David App, MS, LAT, ATC, CES

Describe your setting:

I work in a 3A high school as the Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director.

Describe your typical day:

My typical day involves Assistant Athletic Director duties.  I am in charge of checking daily attendance to make sure our athletes arrive to school on time, or have the proper medical excuse if they arrive late.  I also am in charge of eligibility for grades.  Each week, usually on Wednesday, I get grade reports of athletes who are failing a class for the week.  I notify the coaches and athletes of the grades. A student has until Friday to bring their grade up to passing.  If not, they become ineligible for the following week. The second part of my day is your typical day of a high school athletic trainer, which include getting water out to fields, rehab, taping, and treatments of the athletes, and event coverage.  As the Assistant Athletic Director I have a little extra responsibility in making sure events are running smoothly or dealing with parent complaints, setting fields or gyms up for an event, and making sure the game officials and game staff get their pay slips signed.

What do you like about your position?

There are two things that I like most about my job.  First, every day is a new day.  We all know in athletic training each injury we see and each rehab we do is different from each other.  It keeps you on your toes.  My day is never the same, and therefore never mundane.  The second thing I like most is that I am not stuck behind a desk all day punching numbers.  Where I work is constantly changing.  One day I’m out on the football field, the next it’s watching a soccer game and then moving to a volleyball match.

What do you not like about your position?

Having duties of an athletic director I’ve gotten to see an uglier side of sports.  Listening and hearing parents blaming coaches and everyone under the sun as to why their kid isn’t playing or their kid is failing is not my idea of a good day.

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

Athletic training can be a very rewarding career.  Being able to be part of an athlete overcome obstacles and setbacks, such as a severe injury, is extremely gratifying.  This career will be forever moving forward, making you better yourself daily in staying on top of the newest techniques and education.


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