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Wentworth Athletics Celebrates National Athletic Training Month

ATHLETIC TRAINER (N.)

ath·let·ic \ ath-ˈle-tik | train·er \ ˈtrā-nər \

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes.

THE HISTORY

The statutory title of “athletic trainer” is a misnomer but is derived from the profession’s historical roots. Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of people – not just athletes participating in sports – and do not train people as personal or fitness trainers do. However, the profession continues to embrace its proud culture and history by retaining the title. In other countries, athletic therapist and physiotherapist are similar titles. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents more than 44,000 members in the U.S. and internationally, and there are about 50,000 ATs practicing nationally. NATA represents students in 325 accredited collegiate academic programs. The athletic training profession began early in the 20th century, and NATA was established in 1950.

OUR TEAM

JACKIE GERMAIN | MS, ATC, CSCS, CES

Jackie Germain

Head Athletic Trainer

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training | Springfield College 2007
  • Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training | University of Florida 2009
  • CAGS in Health Professions Education | Simmons College 2017

Life before Wentworth/background: In undergrad, I interned for Cape Cod Baseball League for three years which was my first experience working with elite athletes and my first love…baseball. As a graduate assistant at Florida, I worked at two very large high schools in the area as the Head Athletic Trainer. This is where I learned to multi-task, prioritize, and be assertive! After graduate school, I moved to Maine and worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at University of Southern Maine. I worked with the nationally ranked baseball, hockey and field hockey team. This is where I found my love for hockey and working in the Division III college setting (and also met Coach Pecora!). Then after getting the job at Wentworth, I moved to Boston and finally got married to my husband who I met at Springfield where we both were athletes 😊

When did you first know you wanted to become an Athletic Trainer? In high school when I injured my shoulder and really appreciated the care I received from my athletic trainer and physical therapist. Plus, I love science and sports so it seemed like a good fit!

What do you most enjoy about being an Athletic Trainer? Connecting with student-athletes. And there is nothing better than seeing a student-athlete progress from a serious injury back onto the field. It is one of the places where you can truly see hard work pay off.

If you weren't an Athletic Trainer, what would you be? Marine Biologist or zoologist…really anything with animals. Except snakes!

What advice would you give someone who wants to explore the Sports Medicine profession?

1. Be self-driven- Athletic training does not come with a lot of accolades or appreciation at times so strive to improve yourself every day and make sure you love what you do.
2. Take time to Promote the Profession- Athletic trainers are still mistaken as personal trainers and gym teachers today (AHHH!) so it is extremely important to take the time to educate people on your background and what we do on a daily basis as medical professionals.
3. Treat Yo'Self- Don't forget to take care of yourself! Sometimes, since athletic trainers are constantly taking care of (many) patients and work very long hours, it is easy to forget about your own well-being whether physical or emotional. Knowing when to take a break will not only improve yourself but the care you give others.

Tell us something about yourself that people may not know. I was a member of the swimming and diving team at Springfield where we won the conference all four years. My events were 100/200 Butterfly and the 400 IM. Also, a direct descendant off the Mayflower…my relatives are the ultimate townies!

What is your favorite . . .

  • Color: Coral
  • Spot in Boston: Fenway
  • Professional sport to watch: Football
  • Food: Buffalo chicken anything
  • Phone app: Instagram
  • Quote to Live by: "Believe you can and you're halfway there" - Teddy Roosevelt
  • Thing to do when not working: Go to the beach
  • Place to be on campus: Sweeney Field
  • Part about working with Wentworth athletes: They are interested in learning even outside the classroom. This makes rehabilitation fun and keeps them involved in the process.

#NATM2018

ALLISON NOYES | MS, ATC

ALLISON NOYES

ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training | Endicott College 2014
  • Master of Science Degree in Education | Elmira College 2016

Life before Wentworth: Before Wentworth, I attended Endicott College and played on the softball team for four years. Following graduation, I went to graduate school at Elmira College, and covered the Purple Eagles' women's soccer, women's ice hockey, men's volleyball, and softball teams as well as the men's ice hockey team. I've lived in Tewksbury, Mass. my whole life, other than my hiatus to attend grad school.

When did you first know you wanted to become an Athletic Trainer? My family used to have season tickets to UMass Lowell's hockey games. One day, I noticed there was a guy who went on the ice whenever someone got hurt and helped them up. From then on, I said I wanted that guy's job, even though I didn't know what that job was. I went into Athletic Training at Endicott pretty blind since we didn't have an Athletic Trainer at my high school. I attended a Focus Day at Endicott and had a blast so my decision was made. Originally, I wanted to be a Physical Therapist but after completing both PT and AT clinical rotations, I knew AT was the right fit for me.

What do you most enjoy about being an Athletic Trainer? I love that every day is different- no two days are ever the same. I have a blast when I go to work. Seeing my athletes succeed each day, whether it's on the field or in their rehab session, makes the long days worth it.

If you weren't an Athletic Trainer, what would you be? A lawyer (Elle Woods 2.0)

What advice would you give someone who wants to explore the Sports Medicine profession?

Shadow an athlete trainer. Make sure you know what you are getting into. It's a labor of love sometimes- you really have to love what you to each day or you will be miserable and burn out. And learn how to say no to people, Sports Medicine is a field of helping people, not pleasing people.

Tell us something about yourself that people may not know. I have a younger sister who goes to Anna Maria College and is my best friend.

What is your favorite . . .

  • Color: Pink and Sparkles
  • Spot in Boston: Fenway Park
  • Professional sport to watch: Football or hockey
  • Food: Tacos and ice cream
  • Phone app: Instagram
  • Quote to live by: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."
  • Thing to do when not working: Read
  • Place to be on campus: Sweeney Field
  • Part about working with Wentworth athletes: Their commitment to their academics while also playing a sport- I know what it was like for me to balance both in college and I am always impressed with their incredible classroom dedication and work ethic.

#NATM2018

MIGUEL GONZALEZ | MS, ATC, LAT

MIGUEL GONZALEZ

ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training | Endicott College 2012
  • Master of Science Degree in Health and Human Performance | Austin Peay State University 2013

Life before Wentworth: I graduated from Torrington High school in 2008 and Endicott College in 2012 with a BS in Athletic Training. I went and completed graduate school from Austin Peay State University in 2013 with an MS in Health and Human Performance. Following graduation, I worked at the Dexter Southfield school and covered all sports. Following that, I accepted a position as an assistant athletic trainer for the Boston Red Sox organization in 2015, ultimately being placed in Pawtucket with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Following the baseball season, I accepted a position as a head athletic trainer with the Professional women's hockey team Boston Blades.

When did you first know you wanted to become an Athletic Trainer? When I had hurt my shoulder while playing baseball in high school and couldn't figure out how to make myself feel better. I wanted to learn how to rehab myself as well as help others recover from their injuries.

What do you most enjoy about being an Athletic Trainer? Being a part of a team and seeing the athletes that I help recover and play and succeed at the highest levels.

If you weren't an Athletic Trainer, what would you be? I would be a baseball or softball coach. I have my coaching certificate from college and that is something I have been told that I am good at and really enjoy.

What advice would you give someone who wants to explore the Sports Medicine profession?

Make sure that you aren't getting into the profession only because you are a fan of sports. You need a combination of loving sports, helping others and patience. I enjoy watching all sports and competition and love helping others. It beats sitting behind a desk all day!

Tell us something about yourself that people may not know. I was born in South Korea and lived in Montana for a portion of my life. I also played baseball in high school, for summer legion baseball and fall season of college and was all Naugatuck Valley League in my 2007 High School season. I still play semi-pro baseball today. I also ran indoor track for a winter season. I am an avid English Premier League Soccer and MLB watcher and I love playing video games, working out and spending time on the beach and with my girlfriend in my spare time.

What is your favorite . . .

  • Color: New York Giants Blue (Cobalt Blue)
  • Spot in Boston: Common Ground and the Pru
  • Professional sport to watch: Baseball and Soccer
  • Food: Korean Food - Bulgogi and Kimchi and Pasteles for my Spanish food
  • Phone app: Instagram
  • Quote to live by: "It's not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you."
  • Thing to do when not working: Watch tv, workout, play video games or find a beach to go to
  • Place to be on campus: Tansey
  • Part about working with Wentworth athletes: The type of athlete and rapport that athletes and coaches have here is unique and very rewarding to be a part of. A fast-growing school, and so much potential that has yet to be tapped into.

#NATM2018

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