Athletic Trainer entering National Beauty Pageant
Arianne M. Davis, M.Ed, AT, ATC, ROT is Head Athletic Trainer for Lake Superior State University. She has been working in this setting for over 3 years.
Describe your setting:
I work for Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in the University Athletics department. We are D2, with D1 ice hockey.
How long have you worked in this setting?
This is my third year with Lake Superior State University (LSSU), but I have been in collegiate athletics most of my 15 years. I spent one year in a hospital orthopedics outreach as an Athletic Trainer (AT) in the clinical setting, and an AT for secondary school district position in Pennsylvania before an internal transfer to a university. Upon moving to Michigan, I spent the first semester as an Assistant Track and Field Coach to my husband, while teaching as an adjunct at a local tribal community college, before being hired for my current position.
Describe your typical day.
My average day starts at 5:45am, lasting until 6:30 or 7pm. 70+ hour weeks are normal for me, providing AT services for our men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, men’s and women’s varsity (and separate JV roster) basketball and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Of our 200 athletes, I am responsible for about 130 of them!
When my schedule allows, I go for a run (I am training for another marathon in May 2018), I volunteer with Girls on the Run or Special Olympics and, I am Mrs. Michigan Captivating, representing our state however I can.I will be competing at the national pageant the last weekend of July 2018.
What do you like about your position?
The variety. I love that no two days are EVER the same. I experience a similar adrenaline rush caring for the athletes as I did when I was a collegiate athlete. I think that is one similarity that most ATs share.
People often ask me if I only have the one son and I reply, “no, I have 200 children!” Depending upon the day, I am their mother, sister or girlfriend, in addition to their AT. For most of these young men and women, it is their first foray into life without their parents’ guidance. I am humbled that they trust me enough to share their lives with me. It is a wonderful feeling to go home to my own family, knowing I made a difference in some capacity that day.
What do you dislike about your position?
The workload; we are substantially understaffed and try to make the best of it. The guilt I feel when I have to tell someone “no” has been a startling reality. I have a reputation for working until I get sick, by not taking care of myself along the way.
Over the past several years, I have been diagnosed with a few medical conditions and if I let them get out of control, my body shuts down. Having an invisible disability has also taught me much about myself and others that I have been able to use in my practice. Failing to care for myself is not conducive to keeping my athletes healthy, nor is it a good example. I have a slightly insane work-ethic, which I am learning to balance, but it is a constant physical and psychological struggle for me!
What advice do you have about your practice setting for a young AT looking at this setting?
What I am finding with the young professionals at this time, is that there is an air of expectation. The advice I want to pass along, is to remember that you are not entitled to anything!
Each of us started as the new hire. I will NEVER ask you to do anything that I have not, or, do not perform myself.
It is not about your level of education or ego. It IS about what we can do to provide an optimal environment for our athlete’s health, well-being and safety.
Athletic Training has always been, and I hope will continue to be, a profession of giving, not receiving. Be a sponge, ready and willing to absorb as much information and insight as you can. I often say that when you stop learning, you should leave the profession. A person who thinks they know all there is to know is dangerous. Be eager to learn and seek out those opportunities, you will be surprised at how much you can gain!
This interview was originally taken December 2016. Since
then, Davis accepted a new position as the Head AT for Muskigum University in
Ohio. Learn more below about her new position and latest pageant.
What is Arianne M. Davis up to now?
A lot has changed since this interview! I moved to Ohio in June 2017 and am now the Head AT for Muskingum University. The athletic training program at Muskingum University was recently accredited in August, requiring the program director to step into that role full-time, thus creating a Head AT position.
In my new position, I went to and competed for a rival college in the Ohio Athletic Conference, so it has been fun being back home! My husband is also coaching at Marietta College, which is one of Muskingum's biggest rivals, so we are a house divided. Our son was not sure for whom to cheer when our football teams played one another! I am covering football and women's lacrosse with administrative duties over the winter. I went from a staff of 2, to a staff of 6, so life has been an adventure with my newfound free time.
The 2018 Mrs. Caaptivating national competition was held at the end of July. I am thrilled to have placed as second runner-up!
One of the projects with which I became involved, as Mrs. Michigan, was bringing Darryl Strawberry, multi-time World Series Champion, to New Concord this past weekend. It was an incredible way to intertwine my love of service to others and athletics. For those who do not know, Darryl turned his life around from a millionaire, womanizing, drug addicted, cancer victim who served jail time to a life of service to God and educating against substance abuse! He even operates two rehabilitation centers in Florida. He was an incredible speaker and was kind enough to take a photo with Ian, our son!
Finally, instead of 200 kids, I now have 500 kids!