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NATM Spotlight
National Athletic Trainers Month Spotlight
Monday, March 11 2019
Day 11 Athletic Trainer Spotlight- Kim C. Reynolds

Kim C. Reynolds MAT, LAT, ATC

Born & Raised:​​Des Moines, Iowa​​1965

Graduated HS:​Des Moines East HS ​​1983

Graduated:​Iowa State University BS​​1988

​University of Louisville MAT​​1992

​(Master of Arts In Teaching)

Internship​Lee Memorial Hospital​​1989

​Fort Myers, Florida 

Licenses:​NATA​1989

​Kentucky​​1990​​

​Texas​​1995

Years in Profession:​30 certified years in the profession & 24 years in Texas

Current:​Mission CISD​

​Kenneth White & Alton Memorial JH’s​2016-Current

​Veterans Memorial HS​2008-2016​

​Mission 9th Grade Center​1996-1999​

American Heart Association 

​BLS Instructor​​2016 - Current

​Heart saver Instructor​​2014

University Interscholastic League (UIL)

​Wrestling Weight Certification Assessor​ ​ ​August 2006 – Current 

​Regional Wrestling Weigh Cert. Assessor Trainer​August 2007 - Current

Texas Girls Coaching Association (TGCA)​​

​All-Star Athletic Trainer​July 2005

​All-Star Athletic Trainers Committee – Region 4​January 2006 - Current

Valley Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Directors​

​Co-Founder​March 2001

​Continuing Education Member​April 2001 – June 2005

​Interim Treasurer ​ ​June 2008 – December 2008

South Padre Athletic Trainers Seminar (SPATS)​

​Co-founder​January 2001​

​Continuing Education Coordinator​January 2001 – May 2009

​Lead Projects Coordinator​January 2001 - May 2009​Program Director​August 2006 - May 2009

National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification ​March 2000 – June 2006

​NATABOC National Certification Test Examiner

South Texas Athletic Trainer Symposium (STATS)​

​Founder ​January 1998

​Lead Projects Coordinator​January 1998 – August 1999

TEAMS USA Select Athletic Trainer​July 1991

​National Select under 18 Boys Soccer Team​

​Winning Mood European Tour Division

​Kerkrade, Gothenburg, Copenhagen & Amsterdam​

How / when did you become interested in the field of Athletic Training?

At my 1st college, an NAIA school, you did not receive athletic scholarships only academic, grants & loans or supplemental work study.   I was placed into the position of helping the athletic trainer for my work study hours since I was a softball player.  My softball career didn’t last long, but my athletic training days have morphed into about 35 years.  

If from out of the valley, how did you end up at the position you are currently in?

I blame / thank Blake Masters MAT, LAT, ATC for bringing me to the RGV back in 1995.  Blake and I were GA’s at the University of Louisville together.  My first stop off the airplane was SPI and I was hooked from there.   My 1st work stop was Edinburg North High School (2 years), then Mission 9th Grade Center (3 years), New Braunfels Canyon (1 year), McAllen Nikki Rowe (8 years), Mission Veterans Memorial HS (8 years) and now to Mission KWJH / AMJH (2.5 years).   Blake is now at Austin Crockett HS.

What drives you to do your job?

1.5 years from retirement eligible!!  Just kidding.  

Today is the same as it was 35 years ago.  Student-athletes are a continual work in progress.  Knowing that you helped take their ouches / ailments / injuries from point of injury to return to competition / sportis a sense of professional accomplishment and pride.  

The JH is a different and interesting bred.  They drive me crazy at the same time they make me laugh and scratch my head in amazement and amusement.  I am very grateful for this new opportunity. 

Has Athletic Training provided you an opportunity to travel, either in or out of country?  What is your favorite memory from this experience?

The professional opportunities to travel with different age and level entities are never ending for AT’s.  It is up to you to apply & decide if the opportunity and its compensation is right for you.

My last professional out of country travel was many, many years ago.  I just hope that Europe has changed their views on emergency rooms and ice.  

Do you have any advice for other AT’s or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?

Athletic training can be a seriously over worked, under compensated, ungrateful, over bearing, never ending, unappreciated & burn out prone profession.  Public HS & JH athletic training is not a 9 to 5 and weekends free employment opportunity. BUT it can be very rewarding in the proper mindset and you won’t find a greater set of friends/ peers / professionals than we have here in the RGV!  Wouldn’t change my career choices for anything!!!!!!!!!!!!

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