"I wanted to find a way to stay involved in athletics."

Role Model Photo Keith Patterson

Health Field: Athletic Trainer

Number of years in the profession:
11 year

Years in College: 5 years

Professional Credentials:
LAT-Licensed Athletic Trainer

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
Athletic ability only went so far, and I wanted to find a way to stay involved in athletics. High School Athletic Trainer showed me what the profession is about.

What other careers did you consider?
Physical Therapy

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
The High School Athletic Trainer accepted me in to his program and that helped to give me an identity and a place where I belonged in High School.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
I went to several summer workshops including SWATA-Student meetings when I was in high school and in college at Texas Tech University I was a student Athletic Trainer.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
Time Management. If you do not manage your time preparing for your career you strugle even more when you get into the career.

How did you overcome these challenges?
There comes a moment in everyones life where they have to decide what is more important. And then once you make that decision you cut the other things out.

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

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.
Non Game Day Football season- 6:30am- 8:15am Morning Treatments. School begins at 8:15am. 8:15-9:00 issue injury reports log in treatments. 9:00-10:00 Jr.High Athletics 10:00-11:00 Paperwork (I am responsible for purchases for boys athletic department). 11:00 am til 12:15pm Girls athletics. 12:15-12:45 lunch. 12:45-1:45 Freshman Athletics 1:45-2:45 get setup for practice. 2:45-5:00 Football Practice. 5:00-6:30pm Treatments 6:30-7:00 update rehabs and input treatments. Game Day Football-same until 1:45-2:45 get travel trunks packed and loaded. 2:45-4:15 arrange for pregame meal and set up for taping. 4:15-5:30 tape entire football team 40-50 players. 5:30-6:00 get dressed for game 6:00 Meet EMS for game. 7:30 Kickoff game. 10:30pm game is over. 10:30-11:15 treatments. get up and do it all over again the next week.

How many hours do you work in an average week?

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

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
Patience. You cant last in this profession without it.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing a kid graduate.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Understand where(which setting) you want to work in. I work in a high school setting and therefore understand that in addition to our heath regulations we are also subjected to education regulations as well.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Absolutely!!! I love helping others. This profession you are the first responder to an injured athlete. You evaulate the injury. Refer if necessary. Provide treatment, council, rehab, and functional training, and then watch the individual return to full activity. What a job!!! I Love it!

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
I am interested in a masters but the time requirements to achieve that degree are almost impossible to make work with current schedule.

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