Healthy Living- Who Am I & What Do I Do?

Oct. 13, 2010, 6:49 p.m. (ET)

Who Am I & What Do I Do?

Greetings USAFH fans! I am so excited about my new blog I can hardly stand it! I know you’re probably asking, “Who is she & why is she writing a blog? She’s not on the team is she?” 

My name is Jaime Carpenter MEd, ATC, CSCS, CMT. I am not lucky enough to suit up in a kilt for matches, but I am lucky enough to be a part of the USAFH team… the medical team. I serve as the Head Athletic Trainer for USAFH.

Many of you who are involved in athletics are familiar with “Trainers”, but yet there are still many people who do not understand the role of an Athletic Trainer.  The name is often confusing and misleading as many people mistake us for Personal Trainers. Not a bad thing, just a different animal altogether.

So what exactly is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to help keep athletes, and other patients healthy and injury free. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of all kinds of injuries and medical conditions.

To be an Athletic Trainer You:

  • Must have at least a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, which is an allied health profession
  • Must pass a comprehensive exam before earning the ATC credential
  • Must keep your knowledge and skills current by participating in continuing education
  • Must adhere to standards of professional practice set by one national certifying agency

So how did I get to become an ATC for USAFH?

I started my journey at Brigham Young University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science: Athletic Training. While I was in school, I worked as a student Athletic Trainer for Mountain View High School as well as the BYU Women’s Tennis and Gymnastics Teams.

After graduation I moved back to the east coast and took a job where I worked as an ATC in a Physical Therapy clinic in the mornings and at Norwalk High School, in Norwalk CT in the afternoons. I stayed there for awhile and life in CT was good, but I decided that I wanted to go back to school and get a Master’s degree, so off I went down to Charlottesville, VA where I attended the University of Virginia. I got my Master’s degree in Kinesiology: Sports Medicine from UVA and worked as an Athletic Trainer with the Football and Men’s tennis teams. 

From there, the sun and the sand beckoned me out to San Diego, CA where I had the great opportunity to work for the US Olympic Committee. I worked as an ATC in the medical clinic at the US Olympic Training Center where I got to work with athletes of many different varieties, anywhere from Track & Field, to BMX, to archery, to snowboard, to kayak, to swimming, to bobsled, to paralympic sports, to triathlon, and even a little bit of field hockey.

This is where I made my initial connection with USAFH. After working with the USOC, I signed on to be a part of USAFH and this is where I am today!

I personally think I work in one of the coolest settings in Athletic Training, (who wouldn’t want to work with elite and Olympic athletes while traveling the world?), but there are many different settings that we can work in. The most commonly recognized are High Schools, Colleges, Universities, & Professional or National Team Sports but Athletic Trainers also have a presence in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts.

I could go on for hours explaining what my role is and what I do, but I think I will leave you thirsting for more! Check out my blog each week for injury prevention tips, fitness facts, and just check in to see what I do from week to week!

Also you may want to check out for some additional info Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training. See ya soon!