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NATM Spotlight
National Athletic Trainers Month Spotlight
Tuesday, March 12 2019
Day 12 Athletic Trainer Spotlight - Veronica (Ronnie) D. Perez

Veronica (Ronnie) D. Perez, LAT

Hometown: Donna, TX

High School: Donna High School 1993

Undergrad: UTPA/UTRGV 2000

Current City and School Workplace:  Harlingen, TX - Harlingen CISD - Harlingen South High School (Athletic Trainer)  Harlingen School of Health Professions (Sports Medicine I, II and III Teacher)

American Heart Association - BLS  and Heartsaver Instructor

17 years in the profession of Athletic Training - 3 years teaching Sports Medicine

1.) How/when did you become interested in the field of athletic training?

I became interested in the field of athletic training by accident when I was helping out our Varsity Baseball team as a manager during my Junior year in high school. My high school athletic trainer & mentor Xavier Banuelos asked if I would be interested in helping out as a student athletic trainer and  been doing this ever since. Never thought in a million years I would an Athletic Trainer. But I always knew that I would find a job where I could wear shorts to work.

2.) What drives you to do your job?

My athletes/students are what drive me to do my job.  I love where I work, I love who I work with and I love what I do. 

3.)Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?

You really need to have a passion for this profession. Enjoy what you do.  Have an open mind and an open heart. With that, your athletes will appreciate you more.

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