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Bob Casmus is Head Athletic Trainer at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.  He joined me for a discussion about his education, career and his heavy involvement in various athletic training organizations and on various committees.  Some great words of wisdom!  Thanks, Bob.

Direct download: Casmus.mp3
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Larry Starr spent 30 years working as an athletic trainer in Major League Baseball.  He was, in fact, the first Certified Athletic Trainer in the big leagues.  He talks about his most exciting career with Dr. Pradeep Vanguri.  An unbelievable story!

Direct download: Starr.mp3
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Sarah Philipp is a Tusculum College graduate working as Southeastern Sports Medicine in Asheville, North Carolina as an outreach Certified Athletic Trainer at Hendersonville, High School.  She talks about her current job and her experience as a fellow with New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute.  She also talks about her recent interest in incorporating yoga into rehabilitative protocols. Cool stuff!  

Direct download: Philipp.mp3
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Dr. Frank Walters was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association in 2010 after a long career which, among other things, saw him oversee athletic healthcare to Washington DC schools.  Dr. Walters was instrumental in the creation of the NATA's Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee.  He currently serves as the Director of Sports Medicine for Broward Health and joined Pradeep Vanguri for an informative and entertaining discussion on his career and the lessons learned throughout.  

Direct download: Walters.mp3
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Laughlin Memorial Hospital Certified Athletic Trainer Leanne Harkness talks about her education and experiences since coming to the United States from England 6 years ago.  Leanne also talks about balancing the demands of playing intercollegiate athletics and successfully navigating an athletic training education program.

Direct download: Harkness.mp3
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Kelly Jo is Head Athletic Trainer at Cincinnati Ballet who has worked and traveled extensively in Performing Arts positions following her education at Eastern Kentucky University and Indiana University.  This is a very interesting interview!

Direct download: Trimble.mp3
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Maryland Athletic Trainers' Association president and Towson University Associate Athletic Trainer Greg Penczek speaks with me and Pradeep about his career and education as well as his involvement with the Maryland state organization.  We get a chance to talk about the ATEP student exchange program responsible for our introduction as well as some imporant concepts in education and professional practice in Athletic Training.  A very fun interview!

Direct download: Penczek.mp3
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Sallie Wallace is a Certified Athletic Trainer at Fort Jackson Army Installation in Columbia.  She talks about her interesting position and her career leading up to her current job.

Direct download: Wallace.mp3
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East Carolina University's Head Athletic Trainer Zac Womack talks about his experience in the New York Yankees organization and about returning to his alma mater and his transition to the Head Athletic Trainer position.  

Direct download: Womack.mp3
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Mike Finke of Patterson Medical chats with me a little about his career as a Certified Athletic Trainer in the NFL and major College/University settings and we talk at length about how his background made him a great resource to athletic trainers while working in medical supply and equipment sales.  His experiences afford him a neat perspective on many different job settings for Certified Athletic Trainers.  A great interview!

Direct download: Finke.mp3
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Podcast co-creator and Nova Southeastern University Associate Professor/ATEP Clinical Coordinator Pradeep Vanguri joins me for a discussion about athletic training education and issues facing students and new graduates.  We also discuss his educational and work experience as well as the direction of the podcast.

Direct download: Vanguri.mp3
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Athletic Training Student Herchell Bridges speaks with Niki Dehner (Blanchflower) about her career as a Certified Athletic Trainer in California and her academic preparation.  She gives some good advice to students.  

Direct download: Niki.mp3
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Carson Newman University Head Athletic Trainer Mike Van Bruggen and LeConte Medical Center Sports Medicine Coordinator and Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Association Vice President Scott Byrd join me for a discussion of their introduction to athletic training and about their education.  Scott gives an update on Tennessee concussion legislation efforts.

Direct download: VanBruggen_Byrd2.mp3
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Carson Newman University Head Athletic Trainer Mike Van Bruggen and LeConte Medical Center Sports Medicine Coordinator and Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Association Vice President Scott Byrd join me for a discussion of their job roles and settings as well as the importance of being involved in state, district, and national organizations.

Direct download: VanBruggen_Byrd.mp3
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Jeff Guffey and Kevin King discuss the impact athletic training has made on their lives.

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Deanna Palatucci is the Head Athletic Trainer for the Knoxville Ice Bears profession hockey team in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She and I spoke about her athletic training experieces leading up to her current role in professional sports and she provided some insight into the day-to-day operation of working in such a unique setting.

Direct download: Palatucci.mp3
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Jeff Guffey (Southern Guilford High School) and Kevin King (UNC-Chapel Hill/Carolina Panthers) discuss their careers.

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Dr. Eric Fuchs, ATEP Director at Eastern Kentucky University joins me for a discussion about his career in Athletic Training.  We discuss many current issues related to Athletic Training education as well as important initiatives for the promotion of the profession of Athletic Training.

An audio recording of Charlie Thompson's address to the attendees of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association is included at the end of this episode.  Charlie is the Head Athletic Trainer at Princeton University and was invited to give the 2013 Pinky Newell Address during the awards ceremony of the EATA Annual Meeting in Buffalo, NY.

Direct download: Fuchs.mp3
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Coastal Carolina University's Assistant AD for Sports Performance joins me to discuss his experiences in the field of Athletic Training.

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Tusculum College senior athletic training student Ashley Minton interviews Certified Athletic Trainer Becky Mihalovits about her experiences leading up to her current position as Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University.

Direct download: Mihalovits.mp3
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Jessica Morrow is a Certified Athletic Trainer working in the industrial setting in Georgetown, Kentucky's Toyota plant.  She discusses the work setting and challenges and rewards that go along with it.

Direct download: Morrow.mp3
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Orthopaedic Physician Assistant and Certified Athletic Trainer Jason Coggins talks about his experiences as a Certified Athletic Trainer and his decision to change career paths towards a career as a P.A.  

Direct download: Coggins.mp3
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NATA Hall of Famers Jerry Robertson and Chuck Kimmel (past NATA president) discuss their current job settings as well as initiatives they feel are vital to the growth of athletic training as a profession.

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NATA Hall of Fame members Jerry Roberson and Chuck Kimmel (former NATA president) discuss their introductions to athletic training and discuss the influence of their mentors on their careers.  They also discuss the importance of Certified Athletic Trainer involvement in local, state, district and national athletic training organizations.

Direct download: Kimmel_Robertson.mp3
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Sara Fiorini, Assistant Athletic Trainer and teacher at Washington Lee High School discusses her role at the school as well as her introduction to the profession and education.

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40 year Certified Athletic Trainer Drew Breckenridge of Ocean City High School  (New Jersey) talks about his career and the evolution of athletic training in southern New Jersey.  

Direct download: Breckenridge.mp3
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Tusculum senior Athletic Training student Chad DiCola speaks to Chanda West, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Professor at Ohio Northern University.

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Mike Goforth, Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Training at Virginia Tech discusses his experiences as a Certified Athletic Trainer as well as the imporance of balancing personal and professional demands.  He also talks about concussion research being conducted at Virginia Tech.

Direct download: Goforth.mp3
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I talk with Certified Athletic Trainer Lauren Baes who works as a physician extender in Nashville, Tennessee.  A former student of mine, Lauren and I discuss her journey through her athletic training career and the evolving role of the Certified Athletic Trainer in the orthopaedic/sports medicine clinical setting.

Direct download: Baes.mp3
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Part two of my discussion with Baz and Devon -- Certified Athletic Trainers in the Carolinas HealthCare System.  We talk about others who mentored them during their career preparation and professional paths.  We also talk about the importance of being involved in professional organizations.

Direct download: Bazluki_Smith2.mp3
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Part one of my discussion with Certified Athletic Trainers Jim Bazluki and Devon Smith of Carolinas Healthcare System. Jim's main role is high school athletic coverage while Devon helps coordinate special event coverage.  We compare their current roles with that of the college athletic trainer, which both have been also.  We also talk about Devon's brief career as a Smoothie King mascot...

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