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NATM Spotlight
National Athletic Trainers Month Spotlight
Friday, March 13 2020
Week 2 - NATM 2020 Athletic Trainer Spotlight- Elizabeth Laird
Elizabeth Laird, LAT, ATC
Hometown: Camarillo, CA / Cincinnati, OH
Graduated High School: The Summit Country Day 2004
Undergrad: Boston University 2008
Current CityHarlingen TX 
School/Workplace: Brownsville ISD Veterans Memorial Cluster
How many years in the profession: 12

How/when did you become interested in the field of Athletic Training? 
I became interested in athletic training after attending a field hockey camp and needing the assistance of the athletic trainer.  I started researching the profession and it had everything that I was looking for so I went in declared and never changed.

If from out of the valley, how did you end up at the position you are currently in? 
I needed a job and I like being in warm weather by water.

What drives you to do your job? 
My desire to help.  Being able to be there on maybe one of the worst days ever for an injured student and being able to help with getting through it and over the injury.  There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your student-athlete return to play and be successful.   

Has Athletic Training provided you an opportunity to travel, either in or out of the country? 
I have traveled across the country for athletic training.  I have been at the collegiate (D1), junior college and semi-pro level.  I had to learn how to sleep on a charter bus.
What is your favorite memory from this experience? 
The first team I traveled with was Navy Sprint Football.  We would stop at Carrabba's Italian Grill and the restaurant would be open specifically for us.  It was fun to share a meal and have a conversation with my team physician Dr. Keblish.  

Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?
Enjoy the small victories and try to focus on the positive.  Remember it's about the patients and always do right by the patient and you will never do wrong.
Posted by: Edwin Gomez AT 10:19 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, March 07 2020
Week 1 - NATM 2020 Athletic Trainer Spotlight- Paul Chavana

Paul Chavana, LAT

Hometown: Edinburg, TX, Edinburg High School (2005), UTPA(2015), Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT)

Current City: Pharr, TX PSJA Southwest High School

Any involvement with other organizations or community services positions: PSJA Sports Medicine Institute

How many years in the profession: 5 years

How/when did you become interested in the field of Athletic Training? First-year of college when I was considering physical therapy and came across athletic training and thought it mixes both sports and healthcare. It sounded like a perfect fit for me.

What drives you to do your job? The athletes in general, are well-rounded kids who just want to play and have fun. To see them put in the work to overcome an injury and go back out to the field of play is the best feeling. My head athletic trainer in college gave me some good advice, “Athletes don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. I go by those words every day I step into my training room.

Has Athletic Training provided you an opportunity to travel, either in or out of country? What is your favorite memory from this experience? In my undergrad days, I was able to travel with men’s basketball. We primarily traveled to the southwest and west coast a lot, it was great seeing new cities and venues. My favorite memory was having the whole team sit together for dinner and just talk about random things, it felt like you had a whole different family because of all the time you spent together.

Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training? Yes, if you enjoy sports and are considering a job in healthcare this is right up your alley. The hours are long but very enjoyable. Sports medicine in general is starting to become a hot topic in todays society and it just doesn’t stop at athletic training. I tell my student trainers all the time that they can still be involved in sports medicine as a physical therapist, orthopedic surgeon or countless other titles that this field has to offer.

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