Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Ep. 88: Ken Cieslak-AT with added DC Skill Set

Ken Cieslak is a DC, AT but doesn’t necessarily use the skills in that order. In this episode we discuss how it came to be that Ken pursued a chiropractic degree while keeping his AT credential and then ultimately staying predominately in the AT profession in the SSAT. It definitely surprised us. 

In this episode we talk about how he came to be dual credentialed and what that has meant to his career. We also discuss evidence based practice and what that means to him and how he employs it on a daily basis in his care of patients.

We also cover service in the athletic training profession and what that means and why it is so important to Ken. Needless to say we cover a lot of ground in this conversation and took a lot away from it. We hope you do too.


In this Episode:

+AT focused work with the DC credential as well

+AT Salary vs. Private Practice

+DC info and knowledge base in the AT setting

+EBP, patient expectation, and the placebo effect

+Service in athletic training

Connect w/ Ken:





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Friday, November 19, 2021

Ep. 87: Jeanie Brooks-Collegiate AT to SSAT

In this episode Jeanie Brooks talks about the transition from working in the collegiate setting to the secondary setting. There are a many things that have to change when with making that switch but surprisingly a lot that can remain the same. Jeanie discussed in this episode what sparked the change from collegiate setting to secondary and how that has impacted the quality of life and maintaining balance.

Jeanie gives some great take aways for anyone working in either setting and some useful tips for making the transition. A lot of great information to take away from this episode if you’re looking at a setting change. Enjoy.

In this Episode:

+Transition from collegiate to the SSAT setting

+Highlights and challenges in making that switch

+Quality of life with change to new setting

+Things that are able to be applied to both settings

Connect w/ Jeanie:

Twitter: @Jeaninebrooks_10

@: jbrooks@nrh-ok.com 




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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Ep. 86: Dichotomy in AT

Di’kademe/: a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

Moving to one extreme or the other can be hard to balance, especially if you try and make two seemingly opposing views/perspectives try and mix together and champion both of them. This is where dichotomy comes from and the concept that you have to find balance. There are times to be aggressive but you have to be able to double back with caution because you can’t run yourself in only one direction and then immediately make a switch.

Recognizing and embracing the dichotomy of ideas is important to all professions but can have some serious implications in athletic training. It is important to recognize the wide range of differing ideas but also be able to balance those in order to be maximally effective. We discussing this episode.

In this Episode:

+Autonomy as medical provider vs. Being on coaching staff

+Providing a service vs. Being a servant

+Wanting change vs. Stepping into the change

+Increase diversity vs. Making profession harder to attain

+Higher compensation vs. Giving more for the same

Connect with Rick and/or Joel

Rick: @rickcox_at

Joel: @Joel_luedke




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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Ep. 85: Dr. Nikki Harris-#DATLife

Dr. Nikki Harris is a professor with the AT Still DAT Program and spends a lot of her time in service to the athletic training profession. In this episode we discuss how the NATA Career Advancement Committee came to be and how that plays into the young professional’s world of athletic training. As a compliment to being the chair of that committee, Dr. Harris also is on the NATA AT Compensation Task Force, focusing on Education to help better understand what ATs can do to help with compensation.

Needless to say, Dr. Harris is busy but as you can see from this episode, loves working as an AT and also spending her time in service to the profession. Lots of good information to take away in this episode and we learned a lot on what is happening at the national level. Enjoy.

In This Episode:

+NATA Career Advancement Committee

+NATA AT Compensation Task Force

+Service in AT

+DAT and how it fits into AT Education

Connect w/ Dr. Harris:

Twitter: @YoungProf_AT

IG: sands_AT or ms_nikalet

FB: eww who uses facebook 

@: nicoletteharris@atsu.edu





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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Ep. 84: Peter Sand-AT Success in the Secondary Setting

Peter Sand is an athletic trainer that works in the secondary setting in Iowa. Peter has a unique story on how he got back to working at the same high school that he attended. Peter has had a successful career in the secondary setting and has been able to figure out how to balance having a personal life while still maintaining a high quality of care to the patients he serves.

In this episode Peter discusses the importance of communication and collaboration and when to keep things close and when to let them go. Peter also talks about keeping in mind who you are there for and finding the balance to be able to maintain that high level of care. There are many great pieces of advice out of this episode. 

We also want to thank Peter for contributing to our ‘Throw a Lifeline’ program and getting us to filling our first set to send out. THANK YOU. We look forward to getting this going even stronger moving forward. If you are willing/able to contribute please check out. www.clinicallypressed.com/throwalifeline 

In this Episode

+Finding balance in life and work

+Providing high level care as a SSAT

+Learning when to let things go

+Trusting in letting other do parts of the job

Connect w/ Peter

Twitter: @Sand_ATC @warriorsportsmed 

@: petersand@norwalk.k12.ia.us, petersand@athletico.com




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Friday, October 22, 2021



We took a much longer break than we wanted to and now we are back at it and up and running. Lots of exciting times for the ATChat hosting crew with certification, graduation, new jobs, new settings and a NEW HOST.  

This short episode is to catch up on where everyone is at, where we see things going for the future and having more episodes to follow. We’re excited to get back in action and connect with everyone. So if you have a story to tell or a topic you want to talk about, let us know. We can’t wait to share it.




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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Ep. 83: Dan Ruedeman-AT in Ortho Trauma

Dan Ruedeman is an AT that works in the Ortho Trauma department at a University of Colorado Hospital. Dan hasn’t had the most “normal” path to becoming an AT (includes taking the BOC exam 6 times) but has worked his way to this current role and doing so much to promote ATs in physician practice.

In this episode we talk about all the unique aspects of physician practice that ATs can be of help with. Dan has a lot of unique insight and passion for this role and the impact it can have on different patient populations. If you’ve ever considered working in physician practice this is a great episode to listen to in order to get more information. I personally learned a lot from this episode and hope that you do as well.

In This Episode
+Working in orthopedic trauma
+OTC certification, BOC certification to come
+Looking at residency programs for experience
+What a typical week looks like
+Have to be able to give back to people and profession
+Empathy talks

Connect with Dan




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