We are nearing the end of March 2021. It is Brain Injury Awareness Month but certainly not to be overlooked, it’s also National Athletic Training Month. I’ve said it before that I don’t think it’s a coincidence, given that the important role our athletic trainers take in concussion awareness, education, diagnosis and management that both athletic training and brain injury awareness are featured in the same month. Today on the podcast, I am joined by three athletic trainers who have a played a prominent role in my life as a sports medicine physician. I’ve certainly learned from them and the many other athletic trainers I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. Let’s talk athletic training!
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Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.
The Guests Featured Inside this Program
Jim Anderson is a now retired athletic trainer after 41 years in the collegiate and professional sports setting. He is graduate of the University of Colorado and has been an assistant athletic trainer for the University of Southern California, head athletic trainer for the Oakland Invaders Football club followed by the Los Angeles Rams and followed them to St Louis but then finished his career as an associate athletic trainer at Washington University in St Louis.
Cindy Rajkovich is an athletic trainer with 23 years of experience at all levels of sports participation, from youth sports to national championship events. She has served on the Missouri State High School Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Board since 2005. She received her degree from Missouri Baptist University and has several additional certifications including the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, the NASM Performance enhancement specialist and the Gray’s Institute Certfication of Applied Functional Science. She is currently the Manager of Athletic Training Services for Athletico in St Louis.
Bryon Cunningham is an athletic trainer with 17 years experience at the high school through professional levels of sports. His is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he received his bachelor of science in Physical Therapy and then earned a masters in sports science from the United States Sports Academy. He has worked with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe, Bishop McNamara High School, the University of Illinois and Minnesota Vikings. He serves at Director of Rehabilitation of the Los Angeles Rams, now in his 12th season with the team. He has received numerous awards and accolades in his career from his alma mater and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society.