Andrea Hernandez, LAT, ATC, LMT
Hometown: Mission, TX
High School: Sharyland HS, graduated in 2009
Undergraduate: Texas State University, graduated in 2015
Certifications: Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2015; Licensed Massage Therapist since 2013
Current City and Workplace: Palmview, TX at La Joya Palmview High School
Organization Involvement: Also contract work with South Region USA Boys Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.
Personal/Family Life: Mother of 2 dogs. Volunteer for a non-profit organization called Valley Trotters. Try to be really active with my church and their events!
How/when did you become interested in the field of Athletic Training?
I started school at PANAM and my first major was pre-dental, then I switched to Kinesiology; but was not completely happy with that choice either. I loved sports and wanted a profession that was healthcare related. I thought back to when I was in high school and remembered a two-minute conversation with my high school athletic trainer about the profession. I immediately went to go talk to my advisor to find out more. She recommended I look into Texas State. The following semester I had transferred and was introduced to the world of athletic training.
Do you have a favorite story from working / college days within the Athletic Training setting?
I think that it would be hard to pick one of my favorite stories from working or even my college days, but I would have to say that the people I have met along the way has definitely been the best. Everyone from professors, colleagues, students, and athletes have shaped me somehow into the Athletic Trainer I am today and for them; I am thankful.
Has Athletic Training provided you an opportunity to travel, either in or out of country?
Yes! For the last three years I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with ODP. The trip is always amazing. The country is beautiful, the people are amazing, and I get paid to watch some really good soccer! Locally, I enjoy when there are playoff trips because it’s still a little escape usually paired with really good food.
What is your favorite memory from this experience?
There are too many! Each experience is unforgettable but just being able to travel and see new places and meet new people I would say is the best part of the experience.
Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?
It takes a special kind of person to become an athletic trainer. There is a lot of sacrifice that comes with the profession but I would still choose this profession over and over again. DO IT! The hours are not the most ideal. I personally love my job and can’t see me doing anything else. I find the profession very rewarding; plus, we get to watch sports for a living.