What do you do? What do you make?

7 Nov

I am sure you are asked this question all the time when you meet people for the first time in a casual setting and the conversation starts with your career.  I saw this posted on a fellow ATs Facebook today and I thought I would post it to my blog.  Please feel free to post this on your Facebook status!

..Oh.. you’re a trainer?? (NO! I’m an Athletic Trainer, not a trainer) Oh, that’s cool, I wanted to do that. What do you make?” “WHAT DO I MAKE?? I make an ankle sprain that some say should take four weeks to get your child back on the field, playable in a week. I can make driving in a golf cart with lights look cool. I can devise your rehab program after a total knee replacement so you can run …in that marathon you’ve always dreamed of. I can tape an ankle before your kid misses 2 mins of play. I can make saving your childs life easier by explaining “getting your bell rung” isnt normal, it can be deadly. I can help you, and your child, survive a heart attack. I can look at a wrestler’s pee and tell them how much water to drink. I can make an athlete bigger, faster, better. I can translate “doctorese” from “torn anterior talofibular ligament” into ankle sprain. I went to college to EARN A DEGREE in more than just “water providing” but also injury prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, administration, and overall problem listening. And I do it because I love my athletes, and I love my profession. Today, I might ice your knee, tomorrow I might save your life. I hope I make a difference, what do you make?” REPOST if you are an Athletic Trainer or you love an Athletic Trainer.

4 Responses to “What do you do? What do you make?”

  1. lomseedsofhope November 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I love my athletic trainer Neighbor. She’s so handy to have around and a great friend!

  2. Michael Hopper November 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    I make the athletes’ world go round and round 🙂

  3. Carissa November 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Awesome! I did a post on this early this year…not quite as poetic, but just an addendum…
    http://swataypc.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-athletic-trainers-make.html

    So impressed by all you do to promote the profession!

  4. Danielle March 6, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I like this a lot! I hope you don’t mind if I reblog it! Thanks!

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