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07/14/2015

The Khaki Kronicles: Tales from the Athletic Training Room

Jayson Wolshire, Athletic Trainer, Sports Medicine Manager, on the Athletic Trainer as educator
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Jayson Wolshire, Athletic Trainer, Sports Medicine Manager

OhioHealth Sports Medicine, Columbus, OH




CSMi: YOU WORK IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU'RE DEALING WITH MULTIPLE SCHOOLS IN MULTIPLE TOWNS. DESCRIBE WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR JOB, VERSUS BEING AN ATHLETIC TRAINER FOR A SINGLE SCHOOL. ARE YOU THE ATHLETIC TRAINER FOR MULTIPLE SCHOOLS, OR ARE YOU COORDINATING A TEAM OF ATHLETIC TRAINERS?

JAYSON WOLSHIRE: I was a teacher-athletic trainer employed by the school district for 13 years. Upon coming to OhioHealth in 2008, I served as an athletic trainer only for a Division I high school with 28 varsity sports. Having moved to an administrative role in 2013, I now have the privilege to work with upcoming athletic trainers while dealing with the business and managerial side of the profession.

DOES WORKING IN AN OUTREACH SITUATION DISTANCE YOU FROM WORKING WITH INDIVIDUAL ATHLETES AND, IF SO, DO YOU MISS THAT ASPECT OF THE JOB?

Our philosophy in the outreach program is for the athletic trainers to become part of the fabric of their school and community. Participation in fundraisers, extra curricular events, parent and booster organizations, and various volunteer opportunities are encouraged. A lot of times we feel like more of a school district employee with our company logo shirt on rather than company associates. With the administrative role, you really miss the relationships and interactions with the parents, athletes, and coaches.

WHEN DID YOU START YOU’RE ATHLETIC TRAINING CAREER?

1996

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PURSUE A CAREER AS AN ATHLETIC TRAINER?

The point I knew was sitting on the bench in college and that I wasn't going to be a pro athlete (LOL). Seriously, I played sports and loved every minute of it and saw the college athletic trainers/athletic training room and knew that I would fit in this profession and still be close to my love of sports.

IN WHAT WAYS HAS THE JOB CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED?

I also have a teaching degree and the athletic training has just given me a new way to educate others. The profession itself has evolved through the creation of new roles for the athletic trainer and from the legal perspective with ATs involved in government regulations and insurance billing.

WHAT ABOUT THE ATHLETIC TRAINER'S JOB IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU ASSUMED IT WOULD BE WHEN YOU WERE A STUDENT?

Nothing. I felt that my undergrad program prepared me well for the real world as an athletic trainer. It was just the first couple years of establishing yourself. Good mentors along the way help.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN ATHLETIC TRAINING?

Be prepared for long, off-beat hours. Be adaptable and flexible, yet still rigid enough that athletes/coaches know your style. Take advantage of every learning opportunity that you can.

IF YOU COULD SHARE ONE TRICK-OF-THE-TRADE WITH A PEER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Get involved in your setting. Don't focus only on your job. Develop relationships with coaches, parents, athletic directors, school nurses, custodians, administrator and other staff at your site.

HOW IS THE ROLE OF THE AT CHANGING, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF CONCUSSIONS? HOW DO YOU CONVINCE AN ATHLETE TO STAY ON THE SIDELINES UNTIL HE’S READY TO RETURN

Lots of cases come to mind. With any injury, the athlete will always try to bargain playing time. If you have developed a positive, trusting relationship with them before they were hurt, they will value what you have to tell them. When they do get hurt, explaining all of the possibilities and all the reasons are very convincing to parents, coaches and athletes in most situations. Sometimes, in your professional expertise, you may need to "take one for the team" for them to realize one or two days later that it actually was a good decision. A good team physician also can play a key role.

ANY OTHER TOPICS WE HAVEN'T TOUCHED ON THAT YOU'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT?

Documentation is very key in today's society. Don't forget to do it in a timely manner. SportsWare actually made this weakness for me a strength.


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