The cATalyzing Podcast for Athletic Trainers

Matt Shade, M.Ed., LAT, ATC - Financial Tips for Athletic Trainers

An episode of The cATalyzing Podcast for Athletic Trainers

By Ryan Stevens
Igniting careers & lives of Certified Athletic Trainers through conversation. "Shop talk"-style personal + professional development discussions between Ryan Stevens, MPS, ATC, CSCS & professionals / topic experts from a variety of settings and backgrounds, both inside & outside of athletic training.

...Not an AT? Still listen - many episodes are applicable outside of AT.

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Sharpen your saw to enhance your life.
Pursue mastery to elevATe your career.
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Harold Gibbons - Building Ownership in Those you Serve
A key part of success in any injury rehab program or risk abatement program is the ability for the athletic trainer to build rapport and cultivate ownership and accountability in their patients. in this episode Ryan Stevens and Harold Gibbons discuss how they have built this ownership in those they have worked with. Guest bio: Harold Gibbons believes in each person's ability to take control of their lives, and his purpose as a coach is to elevate exercise as an empowering tool to enrich the quality of life of the Ninjas at Mark Fisher Fitness and his personal clients. In his time at MFF he's started the Motivation and Movement LAB series of continuing education event for fitness professionals and the Trainer-In-Residence mentorship for fitness coaches to experience MFF's environment for several months at a time. He runs MFF's Program Design Team, writing personalized exercise programs and group training classes for over 800 of New York City’s most ridiculous humans. This unique experience has lead to a nuanced understanding of how we blend progressive exercise strategies and contemporary coaching concepts to create the most empowering experience for clients of all ages and ability levels. His latest passion project is the MFF Explorers Club to encourage our community to get outside and explore the natural world as much as possible. You can find him at, on social media as @Harold_Gibbons, and out in the woods mountain biking!
October 9, 2019
AT Clinical Quick Tip (Bonus Episode): Make an Impact in 5 Minutes
In this bonus Athletic Trainer Clinical Quick Tip episode, Ryan Stevens discusses a strategy for when providing healthcare/injury consultations while working community events or "screenings" to make a lasting impression on someone in the first 5 minutes. He also shares some advice for when your care recommendations differ from those that someone has worked with previously.
September 29, 2019
Matt Shade, M.Ed., LAT, ATC - Financial Tips for Athletic Trainers
A certified athletic trainer who also doubles as a financial planner. You don’t find those too often! Matt Shade, M.Ed., LAT, ATC is that guy. Time to be inspired by a story and once again get reflective. On this episode, host Ryan Stevens has a conversation with Matt where they talk everything from financial challenges athletic trainers face at various stages of their life and tips for seeking promotions to advice for managing your budget at your school or workplace.  Matt graduated from West Chester University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. He then served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer while completing his Master Degree of Education at The College of New Jersey in 2006. Matt’s career has consisted of working in the interscholastic setting as a Certified Athletic Trainer at New Hope Solebury High School, Delaware County Christian School and Gwynedd Mercy College. He also worked in the office setting as a physician extender before advancing into administrative roles as a sports medicine supervisor with ATI Physical Therapy and athletic director at Girard College and William Tennent High School. Throughout his career path, Matt developed a passion for educating and mentoring athletic trainers. This passion lead to him pursuing a career path as Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual in 2018. With the support of his wife, Staci, Matt enjoys spending his free time watching and coaching his sons, Jacob and Jonathan, in their sports. Connect with Matt on facebook and LinkedIn, visit his webpage or reach him via email
September 27, 2019
Brian Nguyen, ATC, CSCS, CPT - Slow Down to Get Ahead
Prepare to get deeply reflective. Brian and Ryan discuss why we need to "slow down to get ahead". Brian shares his personal growth story, and presents a case for why athletic trainers need to develop the team and patient "community" (and how they can).  Brian Nguyen (pronounced "win") is the owner/founder of Elementally Strong-a company cultivating greater connection to ourselves and our clients. He is a NASM Master Instructor and member of the Under Armour Training Team. Brian is a former Athletic Trainer & Strength Coach for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and AFL's Los Angeles Avengers, and is the athletic performance/fitness coach and positive influence to 2017’s highest-paid actor, Mark Wahlberg. He also may be the only AT out there with acting experience - he has his own IMDb page!  Follow him on IG: @dragonmasterbri Contact: More background on the host, Ryan Stevens, MPS, LAT, ATC, CSC Follow the cATalyzing Podcast on social! Instagram: @cATalyzingATs Twitter: @cATalyzingATs Email:
September 11, 2019
Michael Mullin, ATC, PTA, PRC - Integrating Rehab & Training
Michael and Ryan discuss the value in integrating rehab and fitness training principles, and share reasons why athletic trainers need to collaborate with fitness professionals more often. Michael is the owner of Integrative Rehab Training LLC, and is a certified athletic trainer with 25 years of experience. He is also a certified clinician through the Postural Restoration Institute®. An internationally recognized presenter and consultant, he is co-author of books and chapters as well as articles in multiple professional journals and mainstream publications. Follow him on social at @mjmatc, or reach him at More background on the host, Ryan Stevens, MPS, LAT, ATC, CSC Follow the cATalyzing Podcast on social! Instagram: @cATalyzingATs Twitter: @cATalyzingATs Email:
August 28, 2019
Thomas Plummer - Communication Skills & Career Growth
Thom and Ryan discuss why athletic trainers should invest in improving public speaking skills, career/life growth strategy, and the importance of a proper mindset.  Thomas Plummer is the founder of the National Fitness Business Alliance, and is author of the 9 best selling business books in the history of the fitness industry. He is an internationally acclaimed presenter and consultant, and is considered by many to be the most influential person working in the fitness industry today.  Connect with Thom at, and like his facebook page:    Host: Ryan Stevens, MPS, LAT, ATC, CSCS Follow the cATalyzing Podcast on social! Instagram: @cATalyzingATs Twitter: @cATalyzingATs Email:
August 14, 2019
Preview / Podcast Host Introduction
On this *Preview / Podcast Introduction*, the host (Ryan Stevens, MPS, ATC, CSCS) gives you the “why” behind the launch of this podcast, background information, and what to expect from the episodes! Certified Athletic Trainers…own your career. Sharpen your saw to enhance your life. Pursue mastery to elevATe your career. Own your space to make an impact! Q: Why listen to the “cATalyzing Podcast?” A: This podcast is my way of giving back to the profession I love (athletic training) by sharing conversations and stories to help you enhance your quality of life, “sharpen your saw”, pursue mastery of your craft, and recognize and achieve your potential! Q: Who is this Podcast for? A: The primary audience is Certified Athletic Trainers.   Others who will benefit: Sports medicine, physical therapy, and fitness professionals. What to expect: “shop talk” style conversations between Ryan Stevens, MPS, LAT, ATC, CSCS and other professionals / topic experts: – specific content area gurus (i.e. business, public speaking, leadership, communication, etc) – athletic trainers – physical therapists – fitness professionals – physicians  Host: Ryan Stevens, MPS, LAT, ATC, CSCS Follow the cATalyzing Podcast on social! Instagram: @cATalyzingATs Twitter: @cATalyzingATs Email:
August 14, 2019
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