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10/27/2015

The Khaki Kronicles: Tales from the Athletic Training Room - Episode 8

Carlitta M. Moore, MS, LAT, ATC
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Carlitta M. Moore, MS, LAT, ATC

Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer, Fayetteville State University , Fayetteville, NC



CSMI: WHERE DID YOU START YOU’RE ATHLETIC TRAINING CAREER?

CM: Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, AL

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

While I was a student at Fayetteville State University, I had a chance to play a pivotal in assisting with the student athletes as a student volunteer. During this time I was able to receive a firsthand experience on what life would be like as an athletic trainer and I loved it.

I love being an Athletic Trainer and seeing my athletes progress not only through college, but once they have graduated. Whenever they return to visit, or see you at an event, it brings a joy to my heart that is indescribable to know that you meant a lot to them and they appreciate all that you have done.

IN WHAT WAYS HAS THE JOB CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED?

As I have advanced in my career, I find myself more focused on the administration side due to my job title.

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

The administrative side of being an athletic trainer is different than what I imagined. Being able to see the bonds built in the athletic training room with athletes was a daily occurrence was always present, but the hustle and bustle of documenting and doing insurance work was beyond my imagination.

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

Being an Athletic Trainer is not easy, but in order to do it well, you do it for the love of the athlete and wanting to be a part of their healthcare team.

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

Today, people are taking concussions more seriously which is a great thing. As Athletic Trainers we are trained to make that determination on whether an athlete has sustained a concussion, and how to appropriately manage it. Luckily I haven’t had the issue of trying to convince an athlete to stay on the sideline. I work with great coaches that trust the Athletic Training staff, and our team of physicians and take all recommendations that are given towards the healthcare of the student-athlete without a debate.

HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST WHEN YOU’RE CAUGHT BETWEEN WHAT A COACH WANTS AND WHAT’S BEST FOR AN ATHLETE?

Always stand your ground on what it in the best interest of the athlete. Once the coaching staff that you are working with trust your judgment, they will not question your advice. They may not be happy about it, but they will not question it. The moment that you seem unsure or you give into a coach and allow a player to do something that you feel they shouldn’t that coach will always take that same approach to get their athlete to play.

DESCRIBE A MOMENT THAT YOU LOOK BACK ON AS THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPERIENCE IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR.

I was working a summer camp and a player was having abdominal pain, but wouldn’t tell anyone. One of their players came to me and I went to assess the situation. After the evaluation, I informed the coach that the player needed to go to the emergency room. The player was adamant about not going and they wanted to continue playing the rest of the weekend and then they would go to the doctor. I was able to finally convince them, that the situation was urgent enough for them to go now and not to prolong the wait. Thankfully they listened and the player ended up having emergency surgery for appendicitis which was about to rupture, and could have been a worse situation for the player had they waited. I learned to always trust my gut feeling and never back down on what I know to be right.

DO YOU USE ANY INJURY TRACKING OR EMR SOFTWARE IN YOUR JOB? IF SO, HOW DOES IT IMPACT WHAT YOU DO?

We are currently using SportsWareOnLine which really helps especially on the road and I am able to do reports and notes while traveling.


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