National Athletic Training Month 2023: “Vanderbilt Edition”



It is March 2023, and it is National Athletic Training Month again. We are in year three of doing a special episode highlighting athletic trainers. Today on the podcast, I am joined by three athletic trainers who knew me at the very start of my career during my fellowship training at Vanderbilt. Today is the Vanderbilt Edition of our Athletic Training Episode.
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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

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.

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The Guests Featured Inside this Program:

Tom Bossung: A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine PodcastTom Bossung 

Tom Bossung started his career as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Vanderbilt in 1990. He earned his Masters Degree in Health Promotions and Exercise Science there in 1992. He served as the Head Athletic Trainer for 2 years at Tennessee State University and then returned to Vanderbilt in 1995, becoming Head Athletic Trainer for the Commodores in 1999. He was promoted to the role of Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine in 2014 and in 2021 was promoted to Director of Athletic Training Services.



Kris Ficken: A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine PodcastKris Ficken 

Kris Ficken is the current clinic manager for Orthopaedic Associates of Wausau and the clinic director for PRO Physical Therapy and Hand Center of Wausau and Weston in Central Wisconsin. She served as an athletic trainer in Division I Athletics for 15 years at Vanderbilt University, Stanford University and the University of South Carolina. She served as the Director of Sports Medicine Services and Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 4 years and has had various administrative roles in out-patient medical clinics.


Mike Meyer: A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine PodcastMike Meyer 

Mike Meyer obtained his undergraduate degree from  Waynesburg University in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training followed by his graduate degree in Athletic Training at Ohio University. He served as an assistant athletic trainer at Bloomsburg University and then moved to Vanderbilt University as an assistant athletic trainer primarily working with Men’s Basketball. He then accepted a faculty position in the Department of Health Sciences at California University in Pennsylvania. He earned a PhD in Administration and Leadership studies in 2012 and now is  in an management position focused on industrial health and wellness in Minneapolis.