Rachel Martin

Rachel MartinMajor: Athletic Training

Describe your current job role:

I currently work as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for King University, an NCAA DII University in Tennessee. I am the primary Certified Athletic Trainer working with WCWA women's wrestling, softball, and men's/women's swimming.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

After PBA, I went immediately to complete an accelerated Master's degree in Athletic Training advanced clinical practice. While obtaining my degree, I was hired as a graduate assistant to be the primary Certified Athletic Trainer for that NCAA DII University working with the women's volleyball and men's wrestling programs.

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

Networking is key! Attending conferences, symposiums and meeting people in your field will never be a waste of time. Also, ask questions and do not be afraid to try something new. Being open="open" to new environments and new experiences can challenge you and encourage you to grow professionally. Limiting yourself to one way of thinking or approaching a problem will only put a cap on how much you can accomplish.

"Never stop learning."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA's undergraduate athletic training education program was the foundation for everything I learned in graduate school. I use the knowledge I gained through the program every day. The athletic training program at PBA also prepared me for the non-traditional field of working with collegiate athletics by giving me hundreds of hours of clinical time.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Never stop learning. Choose a profession that will challenge you to expand your knowledge base and one that you are passionate about. Take time to find someone who will make you better in whatever field you are in.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

Yes, absolutely. In every new environment I entered as an Athletic Trainer and even as a student, I found someone who I could learn from. I think it is incredibly important especially in the medical field, to utilize your resources and learn from those around you. I have been able to approach every new position with more confidence and I know I have a network of people that I can turn to when I have a difficult injury with an athlete.

Spotlight posted in December 2017. For current updates from Rachel, visit her LinkedIn page.