Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Matthew Rugger celebrates National Athletic Training Month with us by sharing how he became an Athletic Trainer.
“I decided to become an Athletic Trainer after my own experience with an injury. My second year in college, I tore my labrum in my shoulder while playing baseball. I was dedicated to doing my rehabilitation because I understood it would take rehab to get me back on the playing field, doing what I loved. I think it’s important to have that connection with your athletes, understanding how it feels to be injured and having compassion to get them back to playing again. The best part of being an Athletic Trainer is building relationships and mentoring high school athletes. I love seeing the priceless reaction of an injured athlete as they get to return to play after the rehabilitation process.” ~Matthew Rugger, LAT, ATC
We thank you, Matthew, for your compassion and dedication to our athletes! Happy National Athletic Training Month!
A big shoutout to Dayne Black! He is the Athlete of the Month for Fairview High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!
Dayne is a Senior at Fairview where he plays Football and Baseball for the Aggies. He has been selected All-County in both sports, as well as Offensive MVP in both sports. Dayne was also named Clutch Athlete of the Year. He would like to continue playing sports in college as he pursues his degree. In his free time, he enjoys sports, riding horses, and playing with his nephew.
Dayne is the son of Jason and Shannon Black.
Congratulations, Dayne! Have a wonderful Senior year!
A big shout-out to Jacob Ortmann for being selected Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation – Diamondhead, MS!
Jacob is a Junior at Hancock High where he plays Football (#43) for the Hawks. After high school, he intends to pursue a degree in Dentistry or Law at the University of Southern Mississippi. Jacob is the son of Brandi McNease and David Ortmann.
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