All Star Athletic Trainer
Dave Rauch, MS, AT: University Hospitals Sports Medicine, Valley Forge High School
Dave Rauch has been an athletic trainer longer than his current student-athletes at Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights, Ohio have been alive. For the past 22 years, Dave has treated, comforted and educated student-athletes, along with promoting the athletic training profession across Ohio and the nation. Dave works with University Hospitals Sports Medicine in Cleveland and received his BS in Athletic Training from Wilmington College of Ohio and his MS in Sports Administration at Austin Peay State University.
Currently serving as the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Vice President for Inter-Association Affairs, Dave is active in the athletic training world. In 2016, Dave was awarded the NATA Service Award and he has also received the Valley Forge PTA’s Helping Hands award for his care of the Valley Forge High School athletes.
As a Healthy Roster provider user, Dave stands out for his ability to document everything. In fact, Dave was the most engaged Healthy Roster provider nationwide in December 2018! Dan Fronczak, President of Healthy Roster, had this to say about Dave:
“Dave is a man who cares deeply about his profession and even more so for the athletes he takes care of. We're very fortunate to have Dave as a user of our platform because not only is he diligent with his work, but passionate as well. That's something we could all strive for regardless of profession.”
To hear from Dave himself about his experiences in the athletic training field, check out his responses below:
Why did you become an Athletic Trainer? I have always enjoyed sports and helping others. What Athletic Training is is the perfect opportunity. Yes, it is a challenge at times, but it is rewarding seeing athletes and patients return to play or activities they love to do. I could never play sports so I chose a career to help others. I am happy to say I've been an AT 22 years.
Without sharing any PHI of course, what is your most memorable moment as an Athletic Trainer? In general, seeing an athlete/patient through the entire process of an injury - dealing with the injury by directing them to the proper physician then working with them on rehab (physically, emotionally, and personally.) Also, building relationships with the athlete and their family. Sometimes these carry over into adulthood. Having athletes that I cared for years ago reaching out to catch up. Also, having former athletes and student aides go into the profession.
What advice would you give others, either in the profession or considering becoming an Athletic Trainer? Understand Athletic Training is demanding but rewarding at the same time. Get involved with your state association and build a strong network. Be honest and seek help when stuck. Talk and listen to the seasoned AT's. Find the venue you enjoy working in and go for it. Athletic Trainers need to show our value, so document everything.
What do you feel people outside of your profession should know about Athletic Trainers? Athletic Trainers are Healthcare Providers. AT's work in collaboration with a physician. We do more than hand out water and tape ankles. Athletic Training is moving to a Master Entry Level program. All AT's have passed a National Board of Certification exam. 49/50 states have licensure, registration, or certification. AT's are at the front line of caring for the athlete.
What is the key to being successful in Athletic Training? Know your limits, but challenge yourself. Step out of your comfort zone. Be involved in the profession. Remember it is more than "just a job" - it is a lifelong profession.
Thanks, Dave, for all you do!