Author Archives: Host of The SMB

Team Building in Athletic Training – 431

Johnny Gomez runs a high quality  sports medicine program in Springbranch's Northbrook High School.  Consistently carrying 25 – 35 student workers to aid in his sports medicine program he give ownership and leadership to the students as well as opportunities for student growth through summer camps.

Mike Harrison, Mary Miller and Chay Nersesian are three of the Athletic Trainers at Allen High School, one of the states powerhouse athletic programs.  When Athletics are a huge success there is equal pressure for the sports medicine team to be a high functioning machine.   Carrying 55+ student athletic training aides is tough to do, having that many get a long and work together for years is an amazing accomplishment.

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Allen High School
Mary Miller
Mike Harrison
Chay Nersesian

Johnny Gomez @ NorthBrook High School


Value Justification Model in Athletic Training – 430

Dr. Jim Berry wrote an article back in 1993 about using an old commodore computer to keep track of athlete visits, injuries and costs. He has continued to demonstrate the value of the athletic training staff through the years.

Dr. Kathy Dieringer has presented at national and regional meetings about the need for Athletic Trainers to collect data and use that data to improve the position of athletic trainers across the nation. A small win has a snowball affect and can positively impact any number of Athletic Trainers and the patients they care for.

Article from Jim berry in 1993

Our Sign in Sheet – this is a shareable copy you can click save to my drive or make a copy in my drive.

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Contact Dr. Dieringer Twitter email: KIDIER@DDSPORTSMED.COM


Promoting Your Program to Your Student Body – 429

Chris Shaddock is my Guru for promoting your Sports Medicine Program.  He works hard, has great ideas and great support.  He is a guy in Athletic Training you want to try and be like.

Greg Goerig and Casey Lougheed work together at Midloathian Heritage High School and are building a reputable and respected program for Sports Medicine.

The biggest takeaway for promoting your program is getting kids who can really meet high standards and represent your program well.  Once you have a core group of high quality student helpers then they will promote your program naturally.

Some of our other ideas:

Scavenger Hunt
Big NATM promotions
Elected officials creating proclamations for NATM
Inter-school competitions
Mass Physicals
Mass CPR training
Regular presence on the Junior High campus


Chris Shaddock

Greg and Casey

From NATA PR chair Jamie Woodall:


HIPAA and FERPA for ATs with Jeff Hopp – 428

Jeff Hopp, Athletic Trainer at Marietta High School in Marietta Georgia, Is Vice President of SEATA and well versed in the rules and practical application of both HIPAA and FERPA.

If I was to sum up all the answers into one sentence it would be non-specific with information and there is a lot of grey area and overlap with the two.

FERPA basically deals with the records a school collects on the students.

HIPAA is meant to protect privacy and allow communication between healthcare professionals who share care for a common patient.

HIPAA – If you are billing for services you are most likely falling under HIPPA

FERPA – not everyone in the school needs to know about the medical condition.  Only the ones directly responsible for or who have a vested interest in the healthcare of the athlete should be in the loop.

There is lots more and Jeff is willing to help you work through your questions

Links Jeff wanted to share:

Here is some good FERPA info:

Good HIPAA info:

A good article about HIPAA/FERPA  for AT’s:

A good article that talks about pictures and social media posts:

Contact Jeff Hopp


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DragonFly Max is HIPAA and FERPA compliant

Mobile Sports Medicine Units with Keith Shireman – 427

Keith Shireman, AT for Batesville Pioneers in Arkansas was the recipient of close to $70,000 worth of Mobile Sports Medicine Unit donations.  He has a 28 foot “bumper pull” trailer and a new truck to pull it with.

This did not just fall in his lap though.  He has been building relationships for years in his community and taking people up on their “if you ever need help” offers.

YouTube Video of our interview with Keith

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Clean Eating and Meal Prepping with Brittany Hoover and Taylor Barros – 426

Surgery, depression, binge eating, emotional eating.  Brittany Hoover had a storm of issues move her to a clean eating journey.  She is now meal planned about 2 months out using a google calendar.  She eats pretty much the same couple of things for breakfast lunch and snack daily and typically makes a dinner that will last a week.

Taylor Barros is completing the Gatorade Fellowship for Sports Nutrition and is working with Memorial Hermann Ironman Institute's Brett Singer.

They shared some tips for making it work:

Have a plan
Fill up on healthy food so your not hungry for the unhealthy choices
Avoid using labels like “Cheat Meal” or “Bad Food”
Find a system that fits your life
Use a meal prep schedule that that works for you
Plan ahead and carry your food with you

Contact Brittney Hoover

Contact Taylor Barros

YouTube video of our conversation

Link to School Health Giveaway – Enter to win a $100 gift card

Contact me

Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard – 425

Justin Buzzard is an Author, Speaker, Pastor and most importantly Husband and Father.  In his book Date Your Wife he charges men to really look at marriage as the ultimate call to action, life long action, daily intentional action.

After reading the book and implementing some of the practices I asked a few Athletic Trainers to read it and apply it to their marriage.

Vidal Mora commented-
Dating your wife means to guard and cultivate her, the little stuff such as watching the kid and letting her go get some coffee alone, go for a walk, watch a tv show alone without interruptions is dating your wife, for you try to take some time together send your child to a babysitter and spend time with your wife alone in your house. I know first hand things can get sometimes overwhelming with life (wife/kids/work), humans need that alone time in my opinion, because sometimes my wife and I can't even remember our lives before kids.

Josh Dawsey writes:
This book, even though I'm still finishing it, has really adjusted my view of my marriage, and how I view Stephanie. It has laid out some tough challenges, but in the coming new year I want to be more intentional at dating my wife. The book showed me that there needs to be a strong foundation and then I need even stronger pillars to support my wife, my son, and our marriage. Hopefully throughout this journey of marriage and dating we rekindle some flames that have died and set ablaze some fires already there. Lastly, I want my young son to see a great example of how he should pursue his future spouse and how to treat her once he marries. Thank you for including me in this time together and I hope we can keep chatting about how our journeys are going.


JustinBuzzard on Twitter

Resources from Justin:

Justin’s Amazon Page

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YouTube Video


Eating Disorders in Athletic Training – 424

Courage – the ability to do something that frightens you

Catherine Lawrence has an eating disorder.  She asked me to do a podcast about the subject.  She shares her story about lying, purging, passing out, going to rehab, relapsing, and the constant struggle with not demonizing food.

Getting behind the mic, on camera and sharing your story takes courage.  in the video she can be seen shaking because of the fear.  But she continues to tell her story.

We are joined by experts Dr. Carrie McAdams and Jennifer Nagel.

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Google drive folder with PDF documents

CEU Courses:

“The Female Athlete Triad” By Barbara Hoogenboom 

“Nutrition In Sports” By Barbara Hoogenboom 


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Tips for getting the Sales Rep Job – 423

Jared Plummer – Sales Rep of the year for ACO Med / DonJoy shares wisdom on getting a job in a non-clinical setting.

Brandon Strode has also moved out of the clinical into an sales type job.  We spoke on this topic previously with Brandon as he was planning and considering making the move away from the secondary setting.

We cover:
What's Your AT Story
Why did you move out of the clinical setting?
How did you set yourself up to get the job?
What would you do differently if you were going through the process again?
Did this change meet your career goal? How?

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YouTube Video

Contact Jared Plummer

Contact Brandon Strode

Share your thoughts with me: Email Jeremy Jackson

Jared has been on the podcast several times:

Anonymous Sports Medicine – 422

A place to vent

A place to ask questions without ridicule

An opportunity to mentor

A larger AT audience

All these are reason “Guy Fox” keeps the account going and invests time to retweet and ask your questions for you.

Hear the story here and understand a little more into the account you love.

Check the account out:

Or let me know your thoughts @MrJeremyJackson