Posts by aszabo

Entering a New World as an Athletic Trainer

I walked into the locker room, but this was not a locker room that I was used to.  Instead of being surrounded by sweaty, robust athletes in a bustling environment, furiously searching through their bags for a protein bar and their sports shoes, I was welcomed to a quiet room with shelves of scrubs stacked…

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Residency 101 by Morgan Melquist MS, LAT, ATC, OTC

Residency 101 What’s in a name? Per the Standards for the Accreditation of Post-Professional Athletic Training Residency Programs established by CAATE, the mission of a post-professional residency advances preparation of an athletic training practitioner through a planned program of clinical and didactic education in a specialized area utilizing an evidence-based approach to enhance patient care1.…

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Sharing Gratitude

Thank you to the physician who allowed me to learn and grow as an athletic trainer under his direction!  Athletic trainers working in the physician practice setting is a continuously growing area, and because of this, it is also increasingly important for us to show our gratitude for those who provide us the opportunities for…

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Finding Power Over Your Pay Scale

It’s an age old debacle, a struggle for just about anyone who is pursuing a job or even working in a job and seeking to negotiate….we’re talking about pay rate!  While I’m sure everyone would love for all the answers on how to walk into an interview or an annual review meeting and easily maximize…

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Transitioning to a Physician Practice Setting by Nick Spangler DAT, LAT, ATC

Transitions are difficult. Lots of questions arise, especially in the case of transitions that are unfamiliar or require us to venture into the unknown.  In this particular blog entry, I wanted to talk about the transition from traditional athletics to the physician practice setting. This is a transition that I have gone through the past…

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Facilitation of Leadership by Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Setting

Leadership comes in many different forms, most of which are not always obvious.  Often times the most obvious leader appears to be the person in charge, however there are several opportunities to serve as a leader from the middle.  This is particularly true in the physician practice setting where athletic trainers are mid-level healthcare providers, but play a…

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Pill Popping Predicament

We have become a pill popping society.  There is a pill for just about anything you can think of; weight loss, pain, inflammation, hormones, the list goes on.  Many of these may be taken by our patients and should become a concern of ours.  If you don’t understand medications, you better take the time to…

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Finding Balance by Tara Soprano MS, LAT, ATC

Recently during an interview with DAT students I was asked how I balance my career, my various committee appointments, and my personal life. “I don’t” I replied. The answer resulted in a brief silence from the group. I went on to explain that work life balance is not something I have right now. That some…

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Pay it Forward…AT Style, or Whatever Style You Choose!

We were all students at one time or another, and then have, or will be, taking the leap to transition to practice. These processes are scary, confusing, and intimidating (just ask me, I not too long ago went through both of these things, even at the same time!). But, those feelings can be greatly mitigated…

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