ATHLETIC TRAINER FEATURE
An In-Depth Look with an AT for Omaha’s Championship
Triple-A Baseball Team
David Iannicca, MSEd, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES, is a Certified Athletic Trainer for the Kansas City Royals Triple-A affiliate in
Omaha, Nebraska. The Omaha Storm Chasers have won back-to-back Triple-A National Championships in 2013 and 2014.
How long have you worked in this setting?
Eleven years total. I worked two years with the New York
Yankees, one year with the Atlanta Braves and eight years
with the Kansas City Royals.
Describe your typical day:
My typical day for an evening game (7:00pm game time)
begins around 12:00pm – 1:00pm with preparing the
athletic training facility for the day, planning players’ rehab
and injury prevention programs, and catching up on other
duties such as organizing and preparing for our upcoming
road trip, etc.
Players generally start reporting to the stadium around
1:00pm – 2:00pm. Treatments and rehab programs are
conducted, in addition to assisting with our strength and
conditioning coach for player workouts. Batting practice
starts at 4:00pm. During this time I will conduct any on-field
functional rehab progressions players may have; otherwise,
I am out on the field in case an injury occurs during pregame. After batting practice I will continue with player
treatments/rehab as needed and get players ready for the
game. Typically games last from 2 ½ hours to 3 ½ hours on
After the game I’ll continue with post-game injury prevention
routines and finish up any last minute treatments before
players leave the stadium. Once my work in the athletic
training facility is complete, I will enter all my daily notes into
the MLB electronic medical records system and send out
an end-of-day report to the Kansas City Royals front office,
finished for the night around midnight.
What do you like about your position?
This is a fast-paced and demanding work environment
that challenges you to have a strong work ethic and stay
current on the latest research and medical information out
there to utilize on our athletes. It provides the opportunity
to work with elite players who are looking to improve their
athleticism and skills in the game of baseball.
This position has also given me an opportunity to travel all
over the United States and visit many cities and states I
probably would have never seen or visited. The team and
Royals organization are like a family, with the ultimate goal
of the players and staff to advance their career to the major
David Iannicca, MSEd, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES
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