When I was an undergraduate student athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee, we had a saying: "They remember what you do in November." The saying related to how late season performance affected a team's rankings and bowl prospects, but it always struck me as saying much more than this. November is that time of year when the tiredness of a long season really sets in. The shorter days, prolonged rehabs, and on-the-field struggles can make this even worse.
But November is also when we set aside time to spend with family and friends to remember how blessed we have been. We share old memories and make new ones together. We celebrate the things we have to be thankful for and how we hope to share these reasons of thankfulness with others. From an athletics perspective, football seasons are ending, winter sports are fresh on minds, and some are still getting ready for one final push toward a special victory in their upcoming championships.
This past weekend has been a wonderful season of Thanksgiving for me and my family, so I wanted to take a few minutes and share why I am thankful for the athletic training profession and athletic training community. My new role with DragonFly has given me the opportunity this year to meet thousands of fellow ATs, hear their stories, and see the impact that a group of people can have as individuals and when working together with one another. I am thankful that I have been able to share in many stories with you. I am also thankful that I have the opportunity to help you in a small way by the work we are doing at DragonFly. Most of all, I am thankful for adding many new friends to my already life-long friendships in this profession of care-givers.
I have known for many years that athletic trainers are a selfless group of individuals who care beyond measure. While this selflessness is sometimes to our detriment (and sometimes hard to keep up), it carries with it an impact on generations of athletes and coaches that (though they may never realize it) are more aware of the needs of those around them because of the work we do.
I hope you too have been blessed throughout this year. I'm sure you have dealt with struggles (personal, professional, or both). I'm sure you have also seen your share of exciting moments. As you read these words, I hope you will take this as at least one person telling you "Thank you for all that you do." Let me encourage you to keep up the good work and continue giving of yourself. The impact you have on your community is limitless when you give of yourself for the sake of others.
- Clint Sanders, MAT, MS, LAT, ATC (Product Manager - DragonFly MAX)
P.S. - Take a few minutes to enjoy some rest when a break does come your way. We all know those pauses are fleeting, so take advantage and reflect on memories and lessons learned.