WHAT?!?! I understand that a lot of athletic trainers are
referred to as “Doc” but I was shocked when he introduced himself to another
Licensed Athletic Trainer as “Doc”. Now had he of said, “My name is __________,
but you can call me “Doc”, I would have found that a little more appropriate.
It was at this moment, when I realized that there are a
lot of athletic training professionals that are still “old school”. I
understand that the term “Doc” was widely used in the Athletic Training
Profession years ago as a nickname, but a lot of athletic trainers are moving
away from this term. I believe this term creates confusion for the athletes and
parents because they think they are seeing a Doctor when the athletic trainer is referred to as “Doc.” But in this particular case, “Doc” was not referred
to as a nickname, rather it was the way he introduced himself. After our brief
conversation, I then went to my phone to look up the school’s website to find
out what his real name was, which I should have learned in his introduction.
So as the school year comes to a close for most of us,
attending Conventions and Symposiums is in our horizon. We encourage our
colleagues to network with professionals and to always make good first
impressions. Remember to introduce yourself accurately and appropriately. Not
only are you representing yourself and your work place, but you never know who
you will meet or get introduced to.