Not Your Typical AT: Greg Marr
Describe your setting:
We are a satellite sports medicine clinic. The treatment area
is utilized as an athletic training facility similar to one at the
collegiate or high school level from 5:30am until 7:00am.
Then from 8:00am until 10:00am, the facility is utilized as
an open bay physician setting, where the sports medicine
physicians evaluate patients both new and for follow-up
appointments. Then from 1:00pm until 3:30pm we have
Greg Marr, MS, LAT, ATC, works for the United States Navy in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
How long have you worked in this setting?
Since June 2009.
Describe your typical day:
The typical day begins for me by opening the athletic training
facility for morning rehabilitation, where I may have on average
between 20-25 patients per day. The athletic training facility
opens at 5:30am and my last patient is at 7:00am.
The athletic training facility is then utilized beginning at
approximately 8:00am for Warrior Call. This is where active
duty Marines and Sailors see the physicians for either new
patient appointments or follow-up appointments. The staff
Athletic Trainers (ATs) then perform initial intake on the
patients and assist in physician extender duties. These
duties may include getting injections ready, printing off
previous notes and reports from outside physician offices and
rehabilitation facilities, showing patient exercises for home
programs and fitting proper braces.
When Warrior Call is finished, this is the time to complete
morning treatment notes. We keep two types of notes:
a paper chart and a chart in the computer system. Also,
three days of the week, after the morning athletic training
facility hours are finished, I go out to a Group Aid Station on
base and have a schedule of 8-10 patients. I complete an
evaluation just as if an athlete would come into the athletic
training facility for an injury evaluation. I then make sure they
are instructed on how to start rehabilitation and follow up with
our sports medicine physicians.
Athletic Trainer Greg Marr evaluates Dustin Miller’s shoulder.
I also take part in tracking injuries to help identify which
commands have the greatest number of injuries each month.
This allows us to go out and speak with the leadership, just
as you would speak to a coach on a team about injuries, and
how to possibly reduce the rate and keep the Marines in the
What do you like about your position?
The satisfaction of helping these warrior athletes get better
and return to the field able to do their job. One of my most
memorable happenings was when a Marine returned from
having shoulder surgery and thanked me for pushing him
to complete his rehab program. He stated that it was
instrumental in having an accelerated recovery after surgery,
which allowed him to deploy with his unit on time.
What do you dislike about your position?
The Marines or Sailors who expect to be healed with one
treatment. Patients not keeping their scheduled appointments
and delaying treatment, thus delaying getting better.
What advice do you have about your practice setting
for a young Athletic Trainer looking at this setting?
To be patient. When applying for a job with the federal
government, there is a process that you have to go through
and it takes time.
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