Michael Arellano, LAT, ATC
Hometown: Harlingen TX. , Graduated Harlingen South High School (2008), Undergrad: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (2012),
Licensed and Certified 2012-present
School/Workplace: Harlingen South High School (HCISD)
Gridiron Heroes Committee (VATA) Lower Valley Chairman, BLS instructor Certified (AHA), NATA member,
How many years in the profession: 6 years
How/when did you become interested in the field of Athletic Training?
I first became interested in Athletic Training by skipping my high school PE class. I would go help Veronica Perez, who was one of the athletic trainers and mentors when I was in high school, put together physical packets for our student athletes. She saw that I had an interest in becoming and Athletic Trainer and invited me to apply for a student aide the following school year. So, I applied and fell in love with the camaraderie that was around athletics. I also knew that I wanted to be in a career field that blended medical work with athletics. This was such perfect fit. As they say the rest is history.
What drives you to do your job?
There are many things that drive me to do my job. I love working with athletes and seeing them at their worst and knowing that we together got through the hard part and climbed the mountain to success.
I love connecting with athletes and making them feel comfortable so that they can talk about whatever issues they may have. As an Athletic Trainer, we have to be prepared to be a counselor to our athletes and that is another reason why I love my job. I love seeing my athletes grow and mature from the time they are freshman (sometimes even in middle school) to the time they graduate. WE spend so much time with our athletes that they tend to become an extended family member so to speak. We truly want whats best for them. I also love this job because it allows me to be a role model for younger kids and someone to look up to and want to be like.
Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?
My advice I would give other ATs or students would be to make sure you want to commit the time and effort in to this job. This job is not an easy job! Most people only see the "game day" job, they don't see what goes on behind the scenes. Care about your job, if you care, your athletes will care. Most importantly don't get consumed by this job, we all have families. Don't forget to take care of yourself and your family. Whats the old saying...."if you find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life". This is what athletic training is to me.