Ivana Longoria-Saenz ATC, LAT
I'm from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, MX. I started school here in 9th grade and graduated from Sharyland HS 2008. Earned my Bachelor's in Science/Athletic Training from Texas State University in 2012. I am a licensed and board certified athletic trainer.
I currently work as the middle school athletic trainer for Donna ISD.
I am instructor for American Red Cross, member of VATA
7 years as a professional in May
How/when did you become interested in the field of Athletic Training?
When I started college my focus was to graduate with a Psychology degree and do my pre-reqs for PT school, I learned from a friend that was in the AT program what the profession was and I became interested in it. I applied to the program that same year and got accepted.
If from out of the valley, how did you end up at the position you are currently in?
From the Valley
What drives you to do your job?
Being a grade school athletic trainer has many ups and downs, but what keeps me going are those little moments when a kid hugs me unexpectedly because they're pain free and can go back to the sport that they love. When a kid overcomes a really bad injury, and you can see that after following rehab and treatment with you, they are stronger and faster than some of their teammates. The little thank you’s that are said from the heart are what makes it worth it.
Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?
You will learn more in the first six months of your job than you ever did in the years you were in college (this goes for any job). Parents, parents and parents (your worst enemy or best friend). Have a better relationship with the custodians and security guards than you do with you AD, you REALLY want them on your side. Remember that you work with the coaches, not for them, this includes your coordinator. Learn to communicate with the coaching staff in a way that they see you as their equal and respect you as a health care professional and not a professional water-girl/boy. Learn to let things go, if a parent doesn't trust your judgement and wants to take their kid to the Dr, let them, that's one less kid you have to worry about. Your student-aids and athletes ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS, you will start very young and they may look and behave like some of your friends, but you are their superior and mentor, act like one. And last but definitely not least, learn to say NO.