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BOC Volunteer Spotlight – Brian Farr, MA, LAT, ATC, CSCS

The BOC would like to take this opportunity to thank all our BOC volunteers who serve as BOC board members, committee, task force and workgroup members and exam item writers. The BOC welcomes volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. Visit the BOC website, to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the BOC.

In this feature, we would like to spotlight Brian Farr, MA, LAT, ATC, CSCS of District 6; Farr has served on the BOC Specialty Council since 2018. In addition, Farr has been an exam item writer and reviewer since 2011 as part of the BOC Exam Development Committee, as well as a reviewer for the Home Study Continuing Education Program from 2001-2015. Over many years Farr has served the athletic training profession in varied positions at the national, district and state levels.

Farr has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1994 and is currently employed by the University of Texas at Austin as director, athletic training program and clinical associate professor.

Why is volunteering for the BOC important to you?

Volunteering is an important and impactful way to give back to the profession. It thanks and honors those that came before me and worked to set the pathway for me to succeed in this profession. Volunteering also helps set the pathway for the next generation of ATs to be successful and keep improving the profession.

What is the best or most rewarding part about volunteering with the BOC?

Being able to give back to the profession is very rewarding. Getting to work with and learn from amazing people from the BOC staff and colleagues in the profession is also high on the list.

How did you first come to know about a BOC volunteer opportunity?

I answered a call (e-mail request) for volunteers to review home study continuing education units (CEU) programs.

What advice would you give to an AT looking to get involved as a BOC volunteer?

Just go for it. Put your name in the hat. If you are not given an opportunity at first, keep trying.When you do get the opportunity, make the best of it and leave it better than you found it. Lastly, don’t stop there – keep getting involved with the profession, be it through the BOC, National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), district committees, state organizations and so on.

How has your experience volunteering at the BOC influenced you?

It has given me a different perspective on, and appreciation for, the behind-the-scenes workings of the BOC and the AT profession. While I do not agree with every committee decision or everything going on in the profession, I have a better understanding of the reasoning behind the decisions. It has definitely broadened my perspective on issues and forced me to think about and approach topics and situations in a variety of ways. I have also learned a great deal from the BOC staff and my colleagues – from how to run meetings to how to organize long-term, on-going projects to knowing when my straightforward, pragmatic approach is appropriate and when there are better approaches to implement.

This article was originally published in the 2022 summer “Cert Update” newsletter.

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