In my current role as Program Manager, I am doing
more administrative work now than clinical work. I
oversee all service areas of the Harkness Center to
ensure our patients are receiving the best possible
care. I also ensure our employees are working
in a safe and enjoyable workplace, and that the
department is in compliance with all of the various
state and federal guidelines governing medical
QHow long have you worked in this setting?
AI just celebrated my 10th anniversary at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. I have
been in my new position of Program Manager for the
last 8 months. Prior to that, I held the title Clinical
QWhat is your typical day like?
AThat’s a tough one! Every day is different, which is one of the things I love about
this job. In one week, I can be in several different
places, doing very different things. A typical week
may involve: treating one of our companies at their
studio, giving an educational workshop to dance
students and working with physicians at our dance
clinic. I also meet with my department’s management
team and/or the hospital’s leadership and spend
time completing the various administrative tasks that
consistently need attention.
QWhat do you like about your position?
AI like the variety of job tasks. I like that I’m constantly challenged to learn and grow, both
as a clinician and as a leader within my workplace.
And, of course, I LOVE working with the dancers. I
am in the unique position to say I do what I love – I
get to combine my passions for dance and athletic
training every day!
QWhat do you dislike about your position?
AI definitely have days when the administrative parts of this job are less than exciting. On
those days, I do remember progress comes through
good leadership, and I have the opportunity to help
this organization grow every day.
Globally, I’m frustrated with the practice limitations
ATs have in New York State due to limited third party
reimbursement and a practice act that is in dire need
of revision. Both of these issues are being actively
worked on by dedicated people in New York State
Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) and Eastern
Athletic Trainer Association (EATA), so I know things
are on the brink of changing for the better.
QWhat advice do you have about your practice setting for a young
AT looking at this setting?
AMy advice to any AT who is interested in working with dancers or in the
performing arts field is to be creative! This
is a very new setting for athletic training,
which means job opportunities are not
plentiful just yet. But, there are thousands
of dancers in the United States alone
who need good care and would be very
appreciative, dedicated patients!
If you can be creative and proactive, there are
opportunities out there. Many employers would love
to expand their practices into the dance world – a
new population means a new revenue stream. They
just need the right AT to open that door for them.
Alison Deleget, MS, ATC