National Athletic Training Month Spotlight: Jessica Booze

National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. To celebrate, we are highlighting some Pivot professionals who work hard to keep local athletes healthy, fit, and active. Here is our Q&A with Jessica Booze LAT, ATC.

What inspired you to become an athletic trainer? 

When I was a freshman I suffered from Bilateral Oshgood Slaughters Disease. Being a softball definitely did not help remedy my pain. Through my growing process I attended physical therapy, my therapist worked so hard to make me feel better and to work with my pain. I knew and was inspired to someday do the same. I was intrigued my the incidence and severity of injured caused by athletics. So Athletic Training was the way to go.

How did you find the school experience to get certified?

My educational experience was incredible.

I attended West Virginia Wesleyan College. At that time the program was set up as a 4 year full immersion program. I had the opportunity to attend other schools but choose this one because I would learn through experience. I was required to complete 2 years/4 semesters of observation & 2 years/4 semesters of practical training. I loved the mentorship we received from our upper class man. Our program operated as a family and we were all there for each other if anyone had questions or needs.

It was challenging because at the college level the rate of injury severity was higher. There were always new problems to solve.

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

I love being able to work with my students. Each day they bring me something new.

What are the challenges you see most often with working at a high school?

Communication. For a High School Athletic Training program all parties have to be willing, able and on top of communicating. Everyone has to be on the same page. It is a hard task because you have many coaches students and in our situation only one ATC

What is the most surprising part of being an athletic trainer? 

Its not all Zebras. Seeing your Athletes achieve their goals is one of the most rewarding things. To have a role in bits of success is so incredible!

What do you know now about athletic training that you would go back and tell your high school self if you could?

I would push myself to shadow my High School ATC. She was such an awesome role model. By shadowing her I would’ve had my eyes opened so much more!