Super Bowl: A View From an Athletic Trainer


I am sure many of you will see or have seen the documentaries of your favorite team winning the Super Bowl.  The past year the New York Giants won the coveted trophy and the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) was able to catch up with the athletic training (AT) staff as part of National Athletic Training Month;

Working as an athletic trainer for a professional team requires a lot of time, dedication and frequently some personal sacrifices.  Their typical day starts at 6am and usually ends at 5-6pm, 7 days a week for 6 months.  It’s a very tough season for someone who doesn’t love what they do.   A few minutes spent with any of the Giants athletic training staff quickly reveals that they are very knowledgeable, professional and really enjoy what they do.  Each plays a vital role in keeping the Giants players healthy and functioning at a world championship level.

Eric Nussbaum wrote a good article that has a day-to-day account of what the AT staff did during the week prior to the Super Bowl (and the days that followed after victory).  This part was written by assistant athletic trainer Steve Kennelly;

Saturday, February 4, 2012

We reported to the athletic training room at 7:30 a.m. for treatments. Our normal Saturday routine includes treatments, team meetings, and a walk through. The players are free until they report to the hotel in the early evening for home games. For away games we board the buses and head to the airport following the walk through. Today will be similar to a home game schedule. We’ll finish around 1:00 p.m. and the players will be off until team dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Following the walk through our backup quarterback David Carr’s father was experiencing back pain and spasm so we brought him to the athletic training room and gave him treatment.  After treatments, I was free for the rest of the day.

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