ATHLETIC TRAINER FEATURE
An In Depth Look with an AT for the US Navy
Describe your setting:
We are a satellite sports medicine clinic. The treatment area
is utilized as an athletic training facility similar to one at the
collegiate or high school level from 5:30am until 7:00am.
Then from 8:00am until 10:00am, the room is utilized as
an open bay physician setting, where the sports medicine
physicians evaluate patients both new and for follow-up
appointments. Then from 1:00pm until 3:30pm we have
Greg Marr, MS, LAT, ATC, works at the United States Navy, SMART Center Naval Hospital Camp
Lejeune in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
How long have you worked in this setting?
Since June 2009.
Describe your typical day:
The typical day begins for me by opening the training room
for morning rehabilitation, where I may have on average
between 20-25 patients per day. The athletic training
facility opens at 5:30am and my last patient is at 7:00am.
The athletic training facility is then utilized beginning at
approximately 8:00am for Warrior Call. This is where active
duty Marines and Sailors see the physicians for either new
patient appointments or follow-up appointments. The staff
Athletic Trainers (ATs) then perform initial intake on the
patients and assist in physician extender duties. These
duties may include getting injections ready, printing off
previous notes and reports from outside physician offices
and rehabilitation facilities, showing patient exercises for
home programs and fitting proper braces.
up with our sports medicine physicians. I also take part
in tracking injuries to help identify which commands have
the greatest number of injuries each month. This allows us
to speak with the leadership, just as you would speak to a
coach on a team about injuries, and how to possibly reduce
the rate and keep the Marines in the fight.
Greg Marr, ATC, evaluates Dustin Miller’s shoulder.
What do you like about your position?
The satisfaction of helping these warrior athletes get better
and return to the field able to do their job. One of my most
memorable happenings was when a Marine returned from
having shoulder surgery and thanked me for pushing him
to complete his rehab program. He stated that it was
instrumental in having an accelerated recovery after surgery,
which allowed him to deploy with his unit on time.
When Warrior Call is finished, this is the time to complete
morning treatment notes. We keep two types of notes:
a paper chart and a chart in the computer system. Also,
three days of the week after the morning athletic training
facility hours are finished, I go out to a Group Aid Station on
base and have a schedule of 8-10 patients. I complete an
evaluation just as if an athlete would come into the athletic
training facility for an injury evaluation. I then make sure
they are instructed on how to start rehabilitation and follow
What do you dislike about your position?
The Marines or Sailors who expect to be healed with one
treatment. Patients not keeping their scheduled appointments
and delaying treatment, thus delaying getting better.
What advice do you have about your practice setting
for a young Athletic Trainer looking at this setting?
To be patient. When applying for a job with the federal
government, there is a process that you have to go through
and it takes time.