Where do you work and what is your job title?
I work for Ochsner Hospital as an Athletic Trainer
What sparked your interest in the field of athletic training?
When I was in high school, I met Reggie Stone, one of the Athletic Trainer's for the Saints. He told me about what he does and it sounded like something I would really enjoy. I went back to my own high school AT and asked if I could start shadowing the role. I shadowed two different Athletic Trainers for 3 years in high school and that solidified this was what I wanted to do.
What is your personal athletic background?
I played soccer all throughout my adolescent years. I also ran XC and Track for 2 years in high school.
Where did you attend school and what are your certifications and degrees?
Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training concentration from LSU
Master of Professional Studies, Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Tulane University.
What do you consider your main responsibility to your athletes?
To take care of and be an advocate for their health and well-being
What type of athletes do you usually treat?
I have the opportunity to treat athletes on every level, from middle school sports to professional sports. I am mainly caring for high school aged athletes day-to-day
In your opinion, what are the most important exercises/stretches/drills an everyday athlete can add to their daily routine?
A daily routine of dynamic stretching and band work can go a long way for athletes' injury prevention.
At what point do you recommend someone engage with a physical therapy regime?
When they are experiencing pain that limits them from physical activity
Are there some at-home items you recommend runners keep on hand in order to pre-treat any niggling overuse issues?
A set of thera-bands and a foam roller
What are your activities/sports as an adult?
I am a runner and am active in adult workout classes