Racing at the Sprint Cup level, the
highest level of stock car racing,
begins with the Daytona 500 in
mid-February. The season runs
each week through early November
with the final race of the 36-race
points season in Homestead,
Florida. They do not race on
Easter and usually one or two other
weekends only. It is a challenging
season for all people in racing.
But, it is loved by all!
What do you like about your
What I love about my position
is simple. I love racing, always
have, second only to professional
baseball. This position works
perfectly for me in retirement. Therefore, I do not actually
feel retired at all. This is the perfect job for me at my age and
stage, one I cherish and deem essential in maintaining my
health, interest, drive and passions. Sharing interactions with
the racing community in terms of my learning and appreciating
all they do, as well as sharing my lifelong experiences in
professional baseball with them, provides extremely rewarding
times for all involved. And of course, race day is the ultimate
each week – you actually witness the fruits of all the hard
work these athletes endure.
What do you dislike about your position?
There is absolutely nothing I dislike about my new position,
nor are there negatives of any kind. In retirement, as well as
in all of life, if you are not enjoying what you are doing, that is
unfortunate. Each day at this new venture in athletic training
is interesting, enjoyable and rewarding.
What advice do you have about your practice setting
for a young AT looking at this setting?
My advice to anyone interested in developing an athletic
training career in the sport of auto racing is to first be certain
you have a passion for the sport. As in any endeavor within
our profession, there is a very high level of dedication to the
racing world and community. You certainly must possess a
passion and true internal love of this sport.
Once that is in place, start contacting people in all forms of
racing, at all levels. There are many race teams, and many
are now developing programs to enhance the efficiency of
their personnel. It is extremely important that a young Athletic
Trainer, or any dedicated Athletic Trainer, has a great ability
to establish a sound and personable relationship with the
conditioning personnel who serve crew members and those
involved with racing in general. I have learned that athletic
training at the racing level dictates that an Athletic Trainer has
a sound and appreciable relationship with the strength and
conditioning personnel. This only goes to show and prove, I’m
constantly learning and developing, even in retirement.
Gene Monahan evaluates the knee of a strength and conditioning coach at Hendrick Motorsports.