Elizabeth Laird, LAT, ATC
Hometown: Camarillo, CA / Cincinnati, OH
Graduated High School: The Summit Country Day 2004
Undergrad: Boston University 2008
Current City: Harlingen TX
School/Workplace: Brownsville ISD Veterans Memorial Cluster
How many years in the profession: 12
How/when did you become interested in the field of Athletic Training?
I became interested in athletic training after attending a field hockey camp and needing the assistance of the athletic trainer. I started researching the profession and it had everything that I was looking for so I went in declared and never changed.
If from out of the valley, how did you end up at the position you are currently in?
I needed a job and I like being in warm weather by water.
What drives you to do your job?
My desire to help. Being able to be there on maybe one of the worst days ever for an injured student and being able to help with getting through it and over the injury. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your student-athlete return to play and be successful.
Has Athletic Training provided you an opportunity to travel, either in or out of the country?
I have traveled across the country for athletic training. I have been at the collegiate (D1), junior college and semi-pro level. I had to learn how to sleep on a charter bus.
What is your favorite memory from this experience?
The first team I traveled with was Navy Sprint Football. We would stop at Carrabba's Italian Grill and the restaurant would be open specifically for us. It was fun to share a meal and have a conversation with my team physician Dr. Keblish.
Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?
Enjoy the small victories and try to focus on the positive. Remember it's about the patients and always do right by the patient and you will never do wrong.