Still in its infancy the ATCares program being rolled out by the NATA is a phenomenal resource that has been long over due. I am excited to be a part of the program and have been a helping hand in Bubba Wilson being asked to be the district 6 representative.
Here we focus on the reason for this, basic tips and the effects it has had so far.
My one big take away: Say “I've been in a similar situation” instead of “I know how you feel” because you truly do not know how that person feels.
In case you missed my story here is the full episodes where we dealt with the loss of an athlete.
Lucas Dargo was concerned about an athlete and began the conversation with the school counselor about possible abuse. They developed a positive working relationship to best serve the population they were charged with.
Dawn Tedrow is the licensed Clinical Social Worker Lucas started working with and works Youth First inc.
Shelly Mullenix is currently the Senior Associate Athletic Trainer and director of wellness for LSU Athletics pursuing a second masters degree in Social Work pursuing her LCSM