Describe your setting:
Working on the movie set of 42 was unlike any other
experience I’ve had in athletic training. Since it was a
historical movie, it was almost like being in the Twilight Zone.
I reported to work, and we had zapped back in time to 1947.
It was very exciting to be on set and watch how a movie is
How long have you worked in this setting?
Working on the set of 42 was a great opportunity passed
along to me by a former graduate school professor at
Georgia State University. The original plan was for me to
work during the three weeks of “training camp,” when the
extras and actors got into baseball shape and practiced
scenes. The three weeks turned into three months when I
was asked to join the crew for the filming of the entire movie.
Filming started in Birmingham, Alabama, where the Negro
league scenes were filmed at the historic Rickwood Field.
We then moved onto Chattanooga, where the bulk of the
baseball scenes were filmed, and finished up in Macon and
Describe your typical day:
A typical day working on the film started with an early
wakeup call around 5:30-6:00am. Shuttles and vans took
cast and crew members to set, where we all reported in
and went to breakfast. Filming typically started around
7:30-8:00am. Before then we met as a medical staff,
which consisted of our medical coordinator, myself and
a couple of EMTs. We were split into Unit 1 (dialogue/
non-baseball scenes) and Unit 2 (a.k.a., “baseball unit,” for
baseball scenes). Due to my credentials and sports medicine
background, my priority and responsibilities were with the
baseball unit. I led the baseball unit through warm-ups and
stretches, evaluated and provided treatment for injuries, and
was the liaison for services such as chiropractic work and
massage therapy. At about noon we would break for lunch
and resume work until sundown. The days were long but
very enjoyable. We were able to interact with cast and crew
members and develop friendships over the three-month
What do you like about your position?
Being behind the scenes and really experiencing how a
movie is made was a really cool experience. What made
it even more special was that it was an important piece of
American history being told. Jackie Robinson endured the
pressures and courageously challenged the deep-rooted
customs of racial segregation. By wearing that #42 Dodgers
jersey, he broke the color barrier and pioneered integration
not only in baseball but in all professional sports in America.
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ATHLETIC TRAINER FEATURE
An In-Depth Look with an AT on a Movie Set
Ireliam “Cookie” Guadalupe, ATC, is director of sports medicine at Ave Maria University, near Naples, Florida. This
interview tells of her experience working on the set of 42, before taking her current position.
Ireliam “Cookie” Guadalupe, ATC, on the set of the movie 42