"My mentor in high school showed me how hard work will help you obtain your goals."

Role Model Photo Matt Owens

Health Field: Athletic Trainer

Number of years in the profession:
6 year

Years in College: 4 years

Professional Credentials:
L.A.T

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
I knew since I was a Freshman in high school, because I love athletics and this was a way that I could fit into the picture.

What other careers did you consider?
Music

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
My mentor James Allen, taught me more than words can describe, not just about athletic training, but about life.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
I take my experience from high school and college and make my own ways of getting the job done.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
I was one of the last to go through the internship and it was very hard teaching my self to prepare for the exams. Still to this day I am still trying to pass the BOC exam. I would not trade my experience for anything, but I wish that I had gone through a curriculum program. I am at the point in my career that I do not know what to study for the exam, because you get no feedback from the results.

How did you overcome these challenges?
Still working on it.

Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?
Yes

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? No


Present Career as a Athletic Trainer


Describe an average work day for you.
Treatments start at 7:30 and during football Monday - Wed, we are done around 7:00 p.m. Thrusday we have sub varsity games, we are finished around 10:00. Friday night we get done around 1:00 a.m. During the day we work on rehab, paper work, junior high needs, budget, supplies and student trainer education.

How many hours do you work in an average week?
+60

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
High School

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
Organization of not only your time, but your space, supplies and students. You also need alot of patience, because athletes, parents and student trainers will push you at every turn.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing a long term rehab kid come back from their injury.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Obtain as much information as you can, but also try to get as much practical knowledge about athletic training. I have met alot of college graduates lately that know more book knowledge than I probably ever will, but they have very little practical, day-to-day operations knowledge.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Yes, this is what I love and I can not see my self doing anything else.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
I am planning on getting my masters in school administration to become a principal.

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