Q&A Spotlight: Claire Feild, A.T.C.

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Check out this Q&A with our very own athletic trainer, Claire Feild.

  1. Why did you decide to become an athletic trainer?
    • Athletic training is the perfect combination of sports and healthcare. Because I work with people over long periods of time, I get to know them very well and help them out in ways that no one other healthcare provider can. From injury prevention, to evaluation and diagnosis, to rehabilitation and return to sport, I am able to help my athletes through the entire process. I love working with athletes because they are generally better about taking care of their bodies and doing whatever it takes to get back out on the field.
  2. What are the most common injuries that you treat?
    • ​​Most of the time, the common injuries I see will change from sport to sport and depend on how far we are in to our season. Unfortunately though, the one I see most commonly throughout all of the sports I work with is concussions.
  3. Do you have any advice for athletes on how to prevent injuries?
    • Listen to your body, find your limits, and know when to back off. I can help you determine what's wrong, but in the end, no one knows your body better than you do.
  4. What is your favorite sport to play or participate in?
    • Anything that involves going fast! I was a figure skater growing up, but now I'm really into alpine skiing. As far as for work, my favorite sport to work with is football because there's the most for me to do, but I'll enjoy my time with any group of people who makes me part of the team!
  5. Is there any additional information that you would like to share?
    • March is Athletic Training Month! I'd like to encourage people who are interested in the profession to seek out more information. We need more athletic trainers, especially up here in Alaska.