Q and A with an Athletic Trainer
Mandy Louderback is a UW Health Sports Medicine licensed athletic trainer who provides services at Madison East High School. We asked her about her job.
What do you like most about your job?
"For me, the most satisfying part of being an athletic trainer is developing a rapport and building relationships with my athletes. Working with the same athletes over their high school years allows athletes to feel comfortable coming to me with injuries as well as personal aspects of their lives. Seeing an athlete succeed after dealing with an injury becomes even more rewarding when you have built that kind of relationship."
Describe an average day.
"There really is no average day in the life of an athletic trainer. Some days, there are 30 athletes lined up out my door, waiting to be taped before practice, have an injury evaluated or work on rehab. Other days are more low-key, allowing time to work on paperwork, inventory or creating rehab programs. The volume of athletes I see is varied from day to day and season to season."
What's your favorite part about being a Purgolder?
"The thing I enjoy about being a Purgolder is being a part of the school community. In the few years I have been at East, I have gotten to know some of the parents and families, in addition to just the athletes. They have come to expect to see me on the sidelines of their child's game, and I look forward to seeing them up in the stands."
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be an athletic trainer?
"There will be days where you do not have all the answers, and that's OK. The great thing about being an athletic trainer is that you are linked to so many other health care professionals with the common goal of keeping your athletes healthy."
Did you play any sports in high school?
"In high school, I played basketball and threw shotput and discus for track and field. Many athletic trainers will tell you that sustaining an injury while playing high school sports was what got them interested in their career path, but this was not the case for me. Learning about the ways the human body functions through my high school anatomy and physiology was really what got me excited about the idea of athletic training."