Alejandra (Ale) Borrego, LAT
Hometown: Alamo, TX
High School: PSJA Memorial High School 2009
Undergrad: University of Texas Pan American 2013
Current Workplace: Weslaco High School (2016-present)
- Interned with the RGV Sol Professional Arena Football team 2015 season
-3rd year in the profession
- American Heart Association – BLS and Heartsaver Instructor
How/when did you become interested in the field of Athletic Training?
I became interested in the field back in high school. I was never a student trainer however I was always intrigued by everything my then ATs, JoJo Ruiz and Chad Hilburn, did. I was a multi-sport athlete growing up and was always torn between being a coach or an ortho. While in Athletic Training Internship at Pan Am, I did a lot of hours helping JoJo and Chad at the high school level and decided that this was definitely something I could see myself doing for good.
What drives you to do your job?
The students are definitely what drive me. To know that you can make a difference in their lives and be there to help the overcome the obstacle of an injury. To have my softball girls scold me for not being the one to cover one of their games. To see the look on the face of a baseball player when they’ve finally been cleared after being out for over a month. To witness one of my seniors play in his last football game ever. Being a shoulder to cry on for a soccer girl who just lost her dad. To hear my basketball stud tell me her ankle feels 1000 times stronger than before. Hearing one of my student trainers ask “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!” whenever I dare to be out for even half a day. Whether it’s consoling an athlete who will never play again, to savoring a sweet victory against our town rival, the relationships you build being there for your students definitely overcome anything you could ever complain about.
Has Athletic Training provided you an opportunity to travel, either in or out of country? What is your favorite memory from this experience?
I was able to travel with the RGV Sol football team. I was a great experience being around a few former NFL players. The difference in level of play was incredible to witness and be a part of.
Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?
The most important thing I could say is you need to love what you do. I always keep in mind a quote my mentor Jim Lancaster had in his office: “Your athletes won’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” This has stuck with my since day one. Be compassionate without being a push over. You can be strict without being a jerk. Your students need to respect you, but should also feel comfortable enough to talk to you about anything. Also, never forget your WHY!!