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Athletic Training – A world of adventure

4 Apr

I love being an athletic trainer!  Why? Variety and adventure.  This career, certainly in the traditional setting, is never dull, never the same, always changing.  Every season brings new athletes, a few new coaches, new opponents, new game strategies and new injuries.  No injury is the same because the athlete’s are different.  This alone keeps you thinking, keeps you fresh.

But the think that I think makes athletic training so fun is the world of adventure that you can enjoy within the profession.  In my 20 years, I have gotten to experience Continue reading

The Need for Educated Professionals

1 Dec

If you have been around high school sports for more than 10 years or more, you have seen the effects of youth sports on the athletes who play.  I have seen first hand “super star” youth players that don’t live up to the hype in high school.   I have seen baseball players who can’t throw a baseball across the infield due to poor training and overuse in the younger levels.  I have seen soccer players who’s legs are “done” by the time they are in high school due to year round demands on them.  I have seen several middle school athletes tear their ACLs.  I have worked on 9th grade baseball pitcher who had 3 rotator cuff tears (revealed by MRI).

On 11/26/2011, Christopher Smith wrote an article for the Eagle Tribune that documents the injuries that young baseball players are having at a younger age.   Continue reading

News – Follow up to October 31

4 Nov

In late October I wrote this blog entry entitled “He is the injured athletes go to guy.”  The news article highlighted in the blog entry prompted this letter to the editor written by an AT in the county.

As one of the 20 full-time high school athletic trainers in Wake County, I appreciated Burgetta Eplin Wheeler’s Oct. 28 column getting the word out about what athletic trainers do and Continue reading

Your eyes don’t deceive you –

5 Sep

I have revamped the blog with a new layout and a new logo.  I liked the old layout, but it was time for a change.   I hope you like the change.

 

Paul

Athletic Trainers are “A Few Good Men”

29 Aug

A recent Facebook status update from a fellow Secondary School Athletic Trainer took aim at some frustration they had with dealing with coaches.  The status was inspired by the movie “A Few Good Men” and a classic rant by Jack Nicholson’s character Col. Jessup.  Here is the status:

I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep over wins and losses and you curse the ATC. Continue reading

Vacation – Yes, I took one

20 Jul

You may have noticed that I haven’t put much on the blog in the last month.  That is because with the end of school, playoffs, my own kids’ sports season and a vacation to Colorado.  That’s right a real vacation!  lol.

One of the highlights was a tour of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  One thing that stuck out to me was a sign on the wall before entering a gym that said “Practice like your the worst, compete like your the best.”  I really enjoyed reading that truth because it isn’t just true in sports, it is true in all aspects of life.

For me, I want to approach athletic training, especially in my CEUs and my casual research, with the attitude that I have a lot to learn.  But I want to carry myself at my work with the attitude of professionalism, to hold myself to the highest levels of performance.

I love Colorado especially having grown up there.  It was great to return home, see a lot of family members and to recharge my batteries.  I hope you get the chance to take a break from the daily grind and do something you love.

How to promote the profession – Youtube

7 Apr

Throughout this blog, I have written my opinions on why an AT should be at every high school in the US, but this blog is too small a forum to accomplish that goal.  What it will take to achieve that level of care for all high school athletes is a collective effort by thousands of ATs across the country to promote the profession.  This series of blog entries will seek to give ideas to the AT on real life ways that they can also promote the profession.

Youtube Videos

I am in my mid-40s and try to keep up with technology.  The technological advances in the past 20 years have been astounding.  Youtube and other video hosting websites are one of those advances that has changed American culture.

When I was young, we had just 5 or 6 TV stations to watch and 10 or so radio stations to listen to.  With limited media, there was limited choices.  For media producers, it also cost a great deal of money to get your media broadcast.  But now that millions of people have access to Continue reading