QDescribe your setting?
AI work for Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in the University Athletics department. We are D2, with D1 ice hockey.
QHow long have you been practicing as an AT?
AThis is my third year with Lake Superior State University (LSSU), but I have been in collegiate athletics most of my 15 years. I spent one year in a hospital orthopedics
outreach as an Athletic Trainer (AT) in the clinical setting, and an
AT for secondary school district position in Pennsylvania before an
internal transfer to a university. Upon moving to Michigan, I spent
the first semester as an Assistant Track and Field Coach to my
husband, while teaching as an adjunct at a local tribal community
college, before being hired for my current position.
QDescribe your typical day.
AMy average day starts at 5:45am, lasting until 6:30pm or 7:00pm. I provide AT services for our men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, men’s and women’s varsity (and
separate JV roster) basketball and men’s and women’s indoor and
outdoor track and field teams.
When my schedule allows, I go for a run (I am training for another
marathon in May 2018), I volunteer with Girls on the Run or Special
Olympics and, I am Mrs. Michigan Captivating, representing our
state however I can. I will be competing at the national pageant the
last weekend of July 2018.
QWhat do you like about your position?
AThe variety. I love that no 2 days are EVER the same. I experience a similar adrenaline rush caring for the athletes as I did when I was a collegiate athlete. I think that is one
similarity that most ATs share.
For most of the young men and women I work with as an AT, it
is their first foray into life without their parents’ guidance. I am
humbled that they trust me enough to share their lives with me. It is
a wonderful feeling to go home to my own family, knowing I made
a difference in some capacity that day.
QWhat do you dislike about your position?
AThe guilt I feel when I have to tell someone “no” has been a startling reality. Over the past several years, I have been diagnosed with a few medical conditions and if I let them get
out of control, my body shuts down. Having an invisible disability
has also taught me much about myself and others that I have
been able to use in my practice. Failing to care for myself is not
conducive to keeping my athletes healthy, nor is it a good example.
QWhat advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?
AWhat I am finding with the young professionals at this time, is that there is an air of expectation. The advice I want to pass along, is to remember that you are not entitled to anything!
Featured Athletic Trainer
Athletic Trainer entering
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Arianne M. Davis, M.Ed, AT, ATC, ROT is Head Athletic Trainer for Lake Superior
State University. She has been working in this setting for over 3 years. This
interview was originally taken December 2016.