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10 Things I Want to Thank My Athletes For

Happy National Athletic Training Month Everyone!

Written by: Amanda Schreiber, ATC, ATC/L, SFMA

Ask any athletic trainer what they love most about their job and most of them will say something along the lines of “my athletes!” Athletes are the reason we have a job, the reason we love our job, but also the reason why some days we think silently to ourselves at the end of a 12+ hour day, “Why the heck did I pick this career?” Even through it all at the end of every sports season, we start to miss (just a little) those long days with the teams and how a part of you can’t wait till the next season begins.

In honor of March being National Athletic Training Month, here are the 10 Things I Want to Thank My Athletes For.  

Thanks For…

  1. Always making sure I have a change of clothes for every weather situation EVER.

Here is a normal day for an athletic trainer during the football season:

6:00 a.m. – Wake up. It is 30 degrees out but you don’t want to wear real clothes yet so you pull on sweats and a hoodie and head out the door to morning practice.

9:00 a.m. – You’re fully awake and ready to be dressed for the day. Khakis and a Nike pullover it is!

12:00 p.m. – Getting a little warm inside, it’s time to strip down to the t-shirt.

3:00 p.m. – It’s time to head outside to check on soccer practice,  it’s sunny and 60 degrees and you want to soak up as much vitamin D as possible. Good thing you have shorts in your car!

6:00 p.m. You are rushing to get ready for tonight’s football game, you have no time to realize it’s no longer sunny and 60 degrees outside, it’s suddenly 45 and pouring rain. Get out those water resistant, Columbia paints, waterproof shoes, and layer up with as many jackets as you can find in your training room.

9:00 p.m.-  It’s rained for three hours straight and you’re soaked, but you still have post-game treatments! Where are those sweatpants from 6:00 a.m.?

  1. Reminding me of how little sleep I can survive on.

It’s truly remarkable that I can survive on less sleep than I did in college. Sleep debt? Yeah, I plan on never being able to pay that back! Also, thanks for making me never doubt that I have an addiction to coffee. I don’t know how I lived without caffeine in my life. How else am I supposed to survive?

  1. Showing me how to be creative.

Personal story, I flunked out of Beginning Art in college. Beginning art! The teacher told me to drop out to avoid having an F on my transcript. That’s how bad I am at art. But hey, want a cool tape job that helps immobilizes your ankle but still allows you to move enough to play the full basketball game? Now there I have some skills. Nonetheless, I can get pretty creative when it comes to taping, rehabilitation, scheduling, and basically everything else that comes with my job.

  1. Being my news source.

How else would I know who is dating who? Or, when Justin Bieber is coming to town? Or, the best show to binge watch on Netflix? I wouldn’t actually have time to know any of those things unless you told me.

  1. Reminding me to worry about the small things in life.

Sometimes I am too busy worrying about a possible torn ACL in my top scorer on my women’s soccer team or some serious concussion symptoms showing up in my quarterback, but you remind me that we don’t have any red Gatorade left. Only yellow. And yellow Gatorade is the worst. Why did I even order yellow Gatorade? Might as well end the season today, obviously no one can win now.

  1. Making me over-prepared for every adventure.

Accidents happen. And thanks to you, I am prepared for every accident all the time. Driving to work? I have a med kit. At my boyfriend’s co-ed slow pitch softball game? I have a med kit. Hiking? I have a med kit. Cooking breakfast? I have a med kit. At the grocery store? Guess what, I have tape and Band-Aids in my purse and spare gloves in my jacket pocket.

  1. Making sure I’m never bored with my job.

There is never a boring day in the “office” being an athletic trainer. I once was having a boring day when there was no practice going on. I was just about to fall asleep on a treatment table when an athlete walked in with blood on his face. I asked what happened, he said, “I pulled an all-nighter and then fell asleep in class, fell out of my chair, and got rug burn on my face.” True story.

  1. Always apologizing for your “stinky feet”.

I’m pretty sure I don’t even smell stinky feet any more. My men’s basketball team has contests of who has the most disgusting feet (see point #7). While there is a definite need for some pedicures in that group, they don’t even come close to the worst feet I’ve seen. Unless you have smelly green puss coming out of a hole in your foot because you haven’t changed socks for the last week of two-a-days…you don’t have to apologize to me for your feet.

  1. Showing me that job satisfaction is more important than money.

What’s the downfall of being an athletic trainer? You may be searching for ‘budget recipes for college students’ for quite a few years after college. No one goes into this career for the payday, but the majority of us are ok with never making six figures! We see our friends with the 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday job and are slightly jealous with the fact that they get every weekend off. But then we look at our athletes and remember that our jobs are 100% more exciting than sitting in a cubicle full-time. And bonus? We get front row, VIP access to sporting events. And we get paid to watch them.

  1. Trusting me.

On the days I feel more like a mad scientist than an athletic trainer, you put up with my weird tape jobs. Thanks for trusting me to make you feel better and be better, athletically, mentally, and physically.

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Posted on March 6, 2017

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    10 Things I Want to Thank My Athletes For

    Happy National Athletic Training Month Everyone!

    Written by: Amanda Schreiber, ATC, ATC/L, SFMA

    Ask any athletic trainer what they love most about their job and most of them will say something along the lines of “my athletes!” Athletes are the reason we have a job, the reason we love our job, but also the reason why some days we think silently to ourselves at the end of a 12+ hour day, “Why the heck did I pick this career?” Even through it all at the end of every sports season, we start to miss (just a little) those long days with the teams and how a part of you can’t wait till the next season begins.

    In honor of March being National Athletic Training Month, here are the 10 Things I Want to Thank My Athletes For.  

    Thanks For…

    1. Always making sure I have a change of clothes for every weather situation EVER.

    Here is a normal day for an athletic trainer during the football season:

    6:00 a.m. – Wake up. It is 30 degrees out but you don’t want to wear real clothes yet so you pull on sweats and a hoodie and head out the door to morning practice.

    9:00 a.m. – You’re fully awake and ready to be dressed for the day. Khakis and a Nike pullover it is!

    12:00 p.m. – Getting a little warm inside, it’s time to strip down to the t-shirt.

    3:00 p.m. – It’s time to head outside to check on soccer practice,  it’s sunny and 60 degrees and you want to soak up as much vitamin D as possible. Good thing you have shorts in your car!

    6:00 p.m. You are rushing to get ready for tonight’s football game, you have no time to realize it’s no longer sunny and 60 degrees outside, it’s suddenly 45 and pouring rain. Get out those water resistant, Columbia paints, waterproof shoes, and layer up with as many jackets as you can find in your training room.

    9:00 p.m.-  It’s rained for three hours straight and you’re soaked, but you still have post-game treatments! Where are those sweatpants from 6:00 a.m.?

    1. Reminding me of how little sleep I can survive on.

    It’s truly remarkable that I can survive on less sleep than I did in college. Sleep debt? Yeah, I plan on never being able to pay that back! Also, thanks for making me never doubt that I have an addiction to coffee. I don’t know how I lived without caffeine in my life. How else am I supposed to survive?

    1. Showing me how to be creative.

    Personal story, I flunked out of Beginning Art in college. Beginning art! The teacher told me to drop out to avoid having an F on my transcript. That’s how bad I am at art. But hey, want a cool tape job that helps immobilizes your ankle but still allows you to move enough to play the full basketball game? Now there I have some skills. Nonetheless, I can get pretty creative when it comes to taping, rehabilitation, scheduling, and basically everything else that comes with my job.

    1. Being my news source.

    How else would I know who is dating who? Or, when Justin Bieber is coming to town? Or, the best show to binge watch on Netflix? I wouldn’t actually have time to know any of those things unless you told me.

    1. Reminding me to worry about the small things in life.

    Sometimes I am too busy worrying about a possible torn ACL in my top scorer on my women’s soccer team or some serious concussion symptoms showing up in my quarterback, but you remind me that we don’t have any red Gatorade left. Only yellow. And yellow Gatorade is the worst. Why did I even order yellow Gatorade? Might as well end the season today, obviously no one can win now.

    1. Making me over-prepared for every adventure.

    Accidents happen. And thanks to you, I am prepared for every accident all the time. Driving to work? I have a med kit. At my boyfriend’s co-ed slow pitch softball game? I have a med kit. Hiking? I have a med kit. Cooking breakfast? I have a med kit. At the grocery store? Guess what, I have tape and Band-Aids in my purse and spare gloves in my jacket pocket.

    1. Making sure I’m never bored with my job.

    There is never a boring day in the “office” being an athletic trainer. I once was having a boring day when there was no practice going on. I was just about to fall asleep on a treatment table when an athlete walked in with blood on his face. I asked what happened, he said, “I pulled an all-nighter and then fell asleep in class, fell out of my chair, and got rug burn on my face.” True story.

    1. Always apologizing for your “stinky feet”.

    I’m pretty sure I don’t even smell stinky feet any more. My men’s basketball team has contests of who has the most disgusting feet (see point #7). While there is a definite need for some pedicures in that group, they don’t even come close to the worst feet I’ve seen. Unless you have smelly green puss coming out of a hole in your foot because you haven’t changed socks for the last week of two-a-days…you don’t have to apologize to me for your feet.

    1. Showing me that job satisfaction is more important than money.

    What’s the downfall of being an athletic trainer? You may be searching for ‘budget recipes for college students’ for quite a few years after college. No one goes into this career for the payday, but the majority of us are ok with never making six figures! We see our friends with the 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday job and are slightly jealous with the fact that they get every weekend off. But then we look at our athletes and remember that our jobs are 100% more exciting than sitting in a cubicle full-time. And bonus? We get front row, VIP access to sporting events. And we get paid to watch them.

    1. Trusting me.

    On the days I feel more like a mad scientist than an athletic trainer, you put up with my weird tape jobs. Thanks for trusting me to make you feel better and be better, athletically, mentally, and physically.

    Categories: IRG Highlights, IRG News & stuff, Injuries, News
    Tagged In: ATC, Nutrition, athletic, athletic training, college athletes, gatorade, hand therapy, health, high school athletes, medical provider, national athletic training month, physical therapy, tournaments, trainers, wellness
    Posted on March 6, 2017

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