Field Trips Still Rock!
Remember the joy of the that one day in school when you turned in the permission form, entered the bus and left the schedule behind. Of course there was always a learning objective mixed in there but did you ever really realize what that was. I remember the trip to the state capital...running with friends, packing a lunch, seeing the sites and visiting some museums. As long as you aren't the kid in the class who pees your pants, the fun far outweighs the learning but the learning remains long beyond the fun!
Field trips still rock! The best part is that there is no permission form needed. EKU AT students loaded up on February 23 for a trip to Indianapolis, IN at the invitation of the Indiana Pacers. During the event, the Pacers' Senior Director of Medical Operations and Head Athletic Trainer, Josh Corbeil, introduced the students to life as an athletic trainer in the professional basketball setting. During the event, he provided insight and wisdom about work/life balance, getting to the professional level and professional skills needed at that level (and others). My favorite sage advice..."Athletic trainers are amateur psychologists!" In no way was the comment made to replace the expertise needed from sports psychologists or mental health professionals but rather to emphasize the psychologic component of working with the athlete from the first introduction to the end of care (and often beyond). No matter the setting, keep developing those skills!
Special thanks to the Indiana Pacers, Josh Corbeil and all the students that went along for the "learning opportunity"!
Matthew J Sabin
Published on February 25, 2018