As the end of the year or season comes around what keeps you motivated to keep coming back every year? It is easy to point out that almost every athletic trainer puts in a lot of hours and can easily feel “burnt out”, but what makes it all worth it?
I recently had this conversation with another athletic trainer and we decided that what helps us the most is remembering why we picked the field of athletic training in the first place and holding on to the feelings of those you have helped.
Everyone has a different reason for choosing the field of athletic training. I have heard stories from others about being injured while they were in high school, college or they just had a passion for helping people and loving sports. An athletic trainer somewhere made a difference in their lives. Try to think of that when you are winding down at the end of a season. The athlete you are treating still deserves your very best and you may ignite a passion for the field of athletic training in them, like you once felt.
We also decided that reflecting on the thank you phone calls or emails from students or parents can help ease the burden of working so many hours at the end of the season or year. We also discussed that not everyone has a positive work environment, so it may be up to you to set that tone. Show your co-workers that you have enthusiasm for your job and your athletes and you will set a positive example.