Many ATs have moved on to Administration. Ross Cooper is an Athletic Director and Athletic Trainer for Detroit County Day Schools.
John Ciecko gets to the point to figure out how he got there and how you can follow Ross's path.
Here are a few key points from Ross Cooper
Experienced ATs already perform many of the duties of an Athletic Director
You have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone
Exposure to multiple leaders and leadership styles is beneficial
Self-Reflection is crucial
Relationships with each person are important – never know who is watching
Be a good listener
Ross also mentioned he took the schedules and policies and made them all digital. Using a system like Dragonfly MAX can help an Athletic Trainer reduce paper work, streamline the PPE process and improve communication with coaches, parents, and athletes
Sonia Gysland has broken the ranks of professional football; Dawn Stuckey is a head Athletic Trainer at Rice University; Christina Cope is an Athletic Trainer at Klein High School. All three have teamed up to discuss some of the struggles for female Athletic Trainers.
Top 10 reasons it is so tough being a female athletic trainer:
10. Apparently Spice Girls music is not appropriate pre game music 9. Wearing make up means we’re trying to impress someone 8. Not wearing make up means we’re either sick or very tired (even when we’re neither.) 7. Football/wrestling coaches think we know nothing about football/wrestling 6. Being asked to homecoming, prom, or any other school function is not what we had in mind when we go on dates…
Robbie McFarlan has been an AT for five years, but has had a very rare path to understanding the mind of a coach. His advice “Stop and try to understand where they are coming from before you take it personal” Check out our conversation about how each of has failed and learned a lesson the hard way about interacting with coaches.
Here is our interview with Dr. David Crumbie. Since this recording comes from a live conference, some elements are lost due to lack of visual props and some crowd noise can be heard. The stellar content more than makes up for the difference in sound quality.
91 – Causes of Cardiovascular Death in Young Athletes with Dr. John Higgins
– John Higgins, MD, MBA, MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC
Here is our interview with Dr. John P. Higgins. Since this recording comes from a live conference, some elements are lost due to lack of visual props and some crowd noise can be heard. The stellar content more than makes up for the difference in sound quality.