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The cATalyzing Podcast for Athletic Trainers

The cATalyzing Podcast for Athletic Trainers

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

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

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The Value of Self Advocacy for Athletic Trainers: Alisha M. Pennington, MS, ATC

The cATalyzing Podcast for Athletic Trainers

"NYSATA 2022 in 90"
"NYSATA 2022 in 90" - Time for another content-packed cATalyzing ATs event recap episode - New York State Athletic Trainers' Association 2022 annual symposium recap. Ryan has conversations with all NYSATA 2022 presenters, plus outgoing NYSATA president Roy Flores. A special thank you to Roy Flores and Aimee Brunnell for the opportunity to collaborate.   Arturo (Roy) Flores, MS, ATC - NYSATA Key Initiatives (  Amy Eisenhauer, EMT - Emergent Collaboration between EMS and Athletic Trainers (  Jennifer M. Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS and Patrick O. McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS - Let’s talk about the Head…of the Talus (Parts 1 & 2).  BONUS LINK to supplement this topic: The Ankle-Joint Complex: A Kinesiologic Approach to Lateral Ankle Sprains (;  James Pierre-Glaude, PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, CSCS - Cultural Competency in Healthcare (Education): How Your Provider’s Training Affects Your Health ( Laura Purificato, MSPT - Therapeutic Management in the Active Client Presenting with Hip Dysfunction ( Rob Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS and Angelo Marsella MA, ATC, USAW - An Athletic Performance Training Program Design for Lower Extremity Return to Play Testing (; Frank J. Alexander, MS, ATC - Psychological Impact of Athletic Injuries ( Dana Barsalow OTR/L, MS, CHT - Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Thumb ( cATalyzing ATs is a proud partner with MedBridge, an all-in-one online platform that makes it easy for busy ATs to access leading-edge education and patient resources with just a few clicks. With over 7000 patient exercises and educational resources, you’ll get your patients back in the game faster and save yourself valuable time. To help you sharpen your saw, they offer a library of over 600 BOC-approved CEU Category A courses. Get up to 40% off with this promo code: cATalyzingATs when you sign up 
July 24, 2022
Overhead Athlete Dynamic Warm Up - A Coaching Example
"Overhead Athlete Dynamic Warm Up - A Coaching Example" In this episode, experience an example of a dynamic warm up program geared towards overhead athletes (tennis, track & field throwers, baseball, softball, volleyball). This audio comes from a 2013 collaboration project between Ryan Stevens, MPS, ATC, CSCS and Ian Westermann of Essential Tennis. To compliment the podcast, check out the video segments below for a video of the movements and exercises Ryan is coaching.  While Ryan's approach to teaching dynamic warm up has been updated and adapted over the last decade, this particular system/progression in this episode is absolutely effective and will produce great results with your athletes. Shout out to Ian Westerman of for the original videos and the collaboration, as well as shout out to the mentors Ryan mentions in this episode who first influenced his implementation of this sort of warm up system: Paul Kolody (AT & Strength Coach in NJ), Robb Rogers (strength coach), Lee Taft (Speed & agility guru), Exos (previously Athlete's Performance - Mark Verstagen) Overhead Athlete Dynamic Warm Up pt 1 – Activation and Mobilization Overhead Athlete Dynamic Warm Up part 2 – Dynamic Movement Prep Overhead Athlete Dynamic Warm Up part 3 – Power Prep Join the conversation on social with @cATalyzingATs on Twitter, Instragram, & Facebook! Hop on over to for more great resources!
April 01, 2022
"ATSNJ in 60" - Key Takeaways, 2022 Edition
"ATSNJ in 60: 2022 Edition" We are back!  For the 3rd year in a row, The cATalyzing Podcast is bringing you a recap episode of the key takeaways from the 2022 Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey annual symposium. This year's lineup was fantastic, with a solid mix of clinical, administrative, and  lessons.  NIL Rules Change: How it Affects Athletic Trainers - John Gallucci, Jr, MS, ATC, PT, DPT (President and CEO, JAG-One Physical Therapy) Recognition, Assessment, & Management of Long COVID - Daria Oller, PT, DPT, ATC (Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer, Pro-Activity) Interprofessional Collaboration in the Orthopedic Setting - Marc Mortellaro, PhD, ATC, OPA-C, OA-C (Certified Athletic Trainer, Columbia Orthopedics) & Christopher Cordero, MHA (Division Manager, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University, Irving Medical Center) Using VOMS for Concussion Management - Jaclyn Morrissette< PhD, ATC (Assistant Professor & Program Director, Athletic Training & Sports Medicine, William Paterson University) Key 2022 ATSNJ Initiatives - Jessica Springstead, EdD, ATC (ATSNJ President, Athletic Training Manager - Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center/RWJBarnabas Health) Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Athletic Trainer - Pete Koenegis, DAT, M.Ed, ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer, Northern Highlands Regional High School) Post-Professional Pathways and Clinical Specialization in Athletic Training - Christopher Servian, ATC, COF (Certified Athletic Trainer, St. Luke's University Health Network) & Daniel Dobrowolski, DAT, ATC (Resident Athletic Trainer St Lukes University Health Network) Common Foot Injuries - Mark Nathanson, DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Rothman Orthopaedics) How to Promote Yourself for An Athletic Training Position Before and After Graduation - Michael Goldenberg, MS, ATC, NASM-CES (Athletic Trainer, The Lawrenceville School) Sharpen that saw and pursue mastery!  cATalyzing ATs is a MedBridge Affiliate!  You can save $175 off the regular full price of an annual individual CE course subscription by going to or by using the promo code "cATalyzingATs".
March 13, 2022
An AT's Guide to Understanding Chiropractors: Kevin Vieser, DC, ATC
"An Athletic Trainer's Guide to Understanding Chiropractors - a conversATion with Kevin Vieser, DC, ATC" There is no doubting the value that exists in intraprofessional collaboration. It is unfortunate that often there is "headbutting" which occurs between athletic trainers and chiropractors, and the most likely reason is a lack of understanding of what each side brings to the table. What better way to dive deep into understanding the world of chiropractic care than to speak with a dual-credentialed athletic trainer and chiropractor Kevin Vieser, DC, ATC. Dr. Kevin combines his life-long love for athletics and his passion for helping others into his profession as a Chiropractor and Certified Athletic Trainer. It was during his undergraduate years as an Athletic Training student at Springfield College where he witnessed the impact chiropractic care made on the recovery process of any injury that inspired him to want to do the same for the people he treated. Upon graduation from Springfield College, Dr. Kevin moved to the west coast to begin his studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic - West Campus in San Jose, CA. Not only did he succeed academically, he augmented his education with a wide range of professional experiences as a Certified Athletic Trainer, from youth athletes to Olympians while attending advanced extremity manipulation seminars nationwide. Currently Dr. Kev has his own practice in New Jersey, where his mission is simple: to provide the best care possible, to make it accessible, and to give patients the confidence in their ability to heal. Want to contact Dr. Kev?  More info can be found at, and find him on instagram @_DrKev_
March 26, 2021
ATSNJ in 60: 2021 Edition
In this episode, Ryan Stevens interviews all presenters who took part in the 2021 Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) Annual Symposium, discussing the Key Takeaways each #ATSNJ2021 education session. "ATSNJ: A year in NJ Athletic Training review + 2021 Goals" - Jessica Springstead EdD, ATC, ATSNJ Conference Chair and ATSNJ President Elect @ATSNJ & @speedracerAT "Do Athletic Training Students Demonstrate Behaviors Associated with Emotional Intelligence Skills?" - Kevin J Silva EdD, MSAT, ATC, Keynote Speaker, Coordinator of Clinical Education, Salem State University @kjsilva_atc & @SSU_MSAT "Does youth participation increase the risk of CAM development and hip femoroacetabular impingement?" - Patrick S Buckley MD, Sports Medicine Surgeon, University Orthopaedic Associates @UOA_NJ "Indications for Hip Arthroscopy in the Athlete" - Kenneth Y Chern MD, PA, FAAOS, AANA, Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Specializing in Sports Medicine, Seaview Orthopaedic and Medical Associates @SeaviewOrtho "Sexual Harassment: Protect Yourself, Protect You Patients" - Jamie L Mansell PhD, LAT, ATC, Associate Professor of Instruction and Program Director of the CAATE accredited Athletic Training programs, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences @jamiemansellphd "Pain Management for Sports Surgery- Can we be opioid-free?" - Charles J Gatt Jr, MD, Sports Medicine Surgeon, University Orthopaedic Associates @drgatt & @UOA_NJ "Current Concepts of Shoulder Instability" - Christopher J Spagnuola MD, PA, FAAOS, Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Specializing in Sports Medicine, Seaview Orthopaedic and Medical Associates @SeaviewOrtho "Monitoring Training Load in Collegiate Soccer Athletes" - Erin Pletcher PhD, ATC, CSCS, Assistant Professor, Athletic Training Program, Thomas Jefferson University @ResearchatJeff "The Use of Tandem Gait and BESS Test for Concussion Management" - Jaclyn Morrissette PhD, ATC, Assistant Professor & Program Director, Athletic Training & Sports Medicine, William Paterson University @JNorberg22 "Achilles Tendon Injury: Conservative vs. Surgical Treatment: An Evidence-Based Approach for Decision Making" - Kenneth G Swan MD, Sports Medicine Surgeon, University Orthopaedic Associates @UOA_NJ Questions?  Hit up or visit Follow #cATalyzingATs on twitter - @cATalyzingATs 
March 12, 2021
Quadrupedal Movement Training - Jeff Buxton, PhD
Incorporating Quadrupedal Movement Training into your Rehabs and Injury Reduction Programs with Jeff Buxton, PhD, Assistant Professor - Grove City College. In this episode we will discuss Jeff’s journey from coach to professor, hear about what got him interested in Quadrupedal Movement Training (QMT), and for what reasons he choose to do his PhD dissertation specifically on the effects of a novel ground-based movement training program on Functional Movement, Flexibility, Strength, and Endurance. We will learn about the main findings of his study, and discuss what ATs need to know when incorporating ground-based movements such as animal flow or any other body weight movement system, such as guidelines to determine a starting point, progressions, regressions, or lateralizations. How do we get the benefit of QMT for someone who isn’t comfortable getting on the ground, who has post-surgical CKC restrictions, post-injury tissue integrity limiting the amount of BW through the UE? How do you determine load and repetition volume when it comes to QMT?  Jeff shares his tips for ATs who wish to incorporate QMT into their rehab or injury prevention programs! Check out Dr Buxton's published research here -->  Dr Jeff Buxton can be reached at 
November 02, 2020
COVID-19 Check in - Return to Athletics - Ryan Stevens, MPS, ATC, CSCS
Fall Sports - are you ready to go? This audio comes from an interview Ryan Stevens, MPS, ATC, CSCS did for the 2020 Somerset County School Nurses Association in August, organized by RWJ Somerset Hospital. The audience of this interview was school nurses, however this should serve as a "check in" for athletic trainers to perform a self-audit where you are currently.  Much has changed since Athletic Trainers and School Nurses were last in school back in March, especially pertaining to sports participation. Ryan shares his experience in a hospital leadership and operations role over the last five months to serve as a reflection point for all who are in the midst of returning to fall sports or organizational activities now.  Ryan discusses the importance of establishing a COVID-19 Response team, who should be on it, and some goals to consider for this team. Additionally, Ryan answers the following questions.  What has changed with athletics pre-participation physicals in New Jersey?  What are the criteria for student returning to sports after recovering from COVID? What are some environmental, safety, facility, and logistical precautions which should be taken in preparation before the sports season for after school middle school and high school sports, as well as any in-person physical education classes which resume? What is the role that telehealth and telemedicine in the delivery of health care will play moving forward, and how should healthcare professionals be preparing for this? It is likely that student athletes are more at risk for injury now returning to sports vs previous fall seasons. Why is that, and what are some strategies that can reduce the risk of injury and overtraining upon return? Overseeing operations, staff development, process improvement, and marketing/relationships for four physical therapy clinics, 24 outreach athletic training partnerships, and a Fitness service line, Ryan currently serves as Manager of Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Fitness at RWJ University Hospital Somerset and Manager of Athletic Training at RWJ University Hospital Hamilton With over 16 years of expertise as a certified athletic trainer and certified strength & conditioning specialist in various healthcare and fitness settings, he has lead growing outreach sports medicine programs at three large hospitals, developed numerous start-up athletic training sites and a start-up fitness business, and has delivered many engaging educational programs geared towards sports medicine and fitness professionals and the general public. In addition to being a graduate of the Penn State University athletic training program, Ryan is also passionate about and uniquely trained in advanced areas of leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills via his Master's Degree through SUNY New Paltz in Humanistic & Multicultural Education and various other leadership and communications curriculum. Ryan is also the founder / host of a podcast specifically geared towards personal and professional development of sports medicine professionals - “The cATalyzing Podcast for Athletic Trainers”
August 31, 2020
CommunicATe: Practical Skills to Enhance Message Delivery by Ryan Stevens, MPS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Warning: Acting on the prompted self-reflection points and tips in this episode will change your career for the better. Be ready.  :-) Having the skill set to bridge the gap between one's knowledge and the application of that knowledge often can be the difference maker in job satisfaction, workplace effectiveness, and professional growth. As athletic trainers in all professional settings, therein lies a responsibility to take ownership of what we can control to grow ourselves professionally while representing our AT profession in a positive and productive manner. The purpose of this episode is to review a topic not discussed enough in our field: communicATion skills. Athletic trainers, you can greatly improve your effectiveness, influence, and relationships by placing a higher focus on self-awareness and verbal and non-verbal communication skills. With the increased importance of interprofessional collaboration, along with the ever changing need to be able to work with diverse populations, ATs must solidify the foundation of communication as it pertains to rapport and relationship building. Ryan unpacks the verbal and non-verbal aspects of communication , and shares how enhanced communication skills play in building positive rapport.  Learn ways to implement matching and mirroring strategies as a means to enhance understanding and message delivery. You are guaranteed to leave this conversation with some practical approaches for athletic trainers to enhance your relationships with administrators, athletes/patients/clients, coaches, parents, and co-workers to improve outcomes.  About the speaker: Ryan Stevens, MPS, LAT, ATC CSCS - As a healthcare professional and growth-focused organizational leader, over Ryan’s career he has demonstrated empathetic intraprofessional collaboration, a reflective growth mindset, and above all else passion and positivity as a specialty-trained leader, educator, licensed/certified athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Delivering sports medicine care across a spectrum of settings since 2004, he has grown to provide guidance through leadership, professional development, and interpersonal growth opportunities via consulting, public speaking, podcast, written content, video media, and personalized collaboration.  Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @cATalyzingATs *Note: This talk originally occurred at the 2019 RWJBarnabas Health "You Matter Too" Athletic Trainer Personal Development Symposium, and the audio is property of RWJBarnabas Health, used with permission.
August 08, 2020
What ATs need to know about Telehealth & Telemedicine: J. Timothy Sensor, LAT, ATC
With an ever-changing landscape in the provision of health care, now more than ever athletic trainers must understand proper implementation and utilization of telehealth and telemedicine strategies. This episode is a deep dive into all things telehealth and telemedicine, featuring J. Timothy Sensor, LAT, ATC of New Jersey. Tim shares what has fueled his passion for being involved with the development of AT legislature and practice/licensing acts, and from his awesome experience we will learn a ton!  The reality is, we as ATs have been practicing telehealth for years, but have we been doing it as responsibly? What exactly is the difference between telehealth and telemedicine, and what must you update in your physician-signed plan of care/standing orders to cover you? From a documentation standard, how should ATs be properly documenting and logging Telehealth/telemedicine occurrences, and what should we consider when choosing a platform to utilize? Tim and Ryan discuss the likely challenges an AT will face when implementing and utilizing telehealth/telemedicine? J. Timothy Sensor, LAT, ATC, has been working as an Athletic Trainer at the Overlook Medical Center for Concussion Care since 2014. He has been a partner with Safe Sports Training Consultants, LLC, since 2013. He had been the Chief Athletic Trainer and Chief Clinical Supervisor at Kean University in Union, NJ from 1983 to 2013. Prior to that he was the Head Athletic Trainer at Ramapo College from 1977 to 1983. He is currently on the NATA Research and Education Foundation Board as the NATA District Two Chair, a position he has held since 2016. He served as the President of the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey (1989-1991). Mr. Sensor has held positions in a multitude of committees with the New Jersey Medical Society, EATA, NATA, and at Kean University. Mr. Sensor was the chair of the NATA District Secretaries/Treasurers Committee, a member of the New Jersey Medical Society Committee on Medical Aspect of Sports, a member of the Kean University Board of Trustees’ Building, Finance and Audit Committee, and a member of the New Jersey Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board (PEOSH). He has also served on the Athletic Training Advisory Board to the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners since 2006. He was the Treasurer for NATA District Two from 1994-2000 and the Treasurer of the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association from 2002-2006. Any questions? You can reach Tim at
July 25, 2020
The Value of Self Advocacy for Athletic Trainers: Alisha M. Pennington, MS, ATC
Know your worth, show your worth, own your worth. Advocacy is a domino effect which starts with you as an individual, which spreads to impact our entire profession. In this episode, Ryan is joined by Alisha M. Pennington, MS, ATC, and they discuss the importance of self-advocacy for ATs and why we must master this concept. What are the potential outcomes of positive self advocacy? What happens if you go about it leading with your "ego"?  In what ways can positive self-advocacy enhance your compensation and your overall outcomes with your job duties? What are some specific strategies to self-advocate, and why must an AT be self-aware of their advocacy to avoid potential pitfalls which build walls instead of bridges.   Alisha is the founder and owner of ATvantage, an athletic training service company, which she started in 2012 after she completed her undergraduate education in athletic training at Florida State University and her masters in Kinesiology at California State University - Fullerton.  She recognized a need for advocacy and education of athletic trainers to potential clients, especially in California where the profession lacks licensure. While growing the company, Alisha has worked with USA Beach Volleyball & USA Water Polo, traveling domestically and internationally, and is an athletic trainer on the television show Biggest Loser. In her education and advocacy efforts, Alisha saw the need to share information in a public capacity, so she started a podcast in 2015 aimed at educating athletic trainers about the intersection of business and athletic training, and now her podcast is a BOC approved provider for CEs, which she gives away for free.  Alisha speaks across the country to students, athletic trainers, and educators about the business aspects of athletic training, including a feature presentation at NATA in 2018 titled “Principles of Per Diem Work: Liabilities & Legalities” which was later published by the NATA as a Best Practices document, with Alisha as a primary author.  An active volunteer in the profession since 2013, she serves in various capacities across several committees and is currently the District 7 Chair on the Public Relations Committee and a member of the Private Practice/ Emerging Settings committee within the Council on Practice Advancement. You can contact Alisha at and can find more information about her at 
July 10, 2020
Job Seeking and Interview Tips for ATs - Stephanie Gehman, LAT, ATC, CEAS
Job Seeking and Interview Tips for Athletic Trainers - a conversation with Stephanie Gehman, LAT, ATC, CEAS With changes in our economy, staffing models, and increased healthcare needs stemming from a COVID-19 world, as an athletic trainer there's a chance you are looking for new or expanded opportunities this summer to advance your career. In this episode, Ryan and Stephanie unpack a number of key points pertaining to the process of applying for and interviewing for a new job, as well as the transition process from your "old" job to your "new"job.  We discuss the importance of branding yourself, especially through your resume and cover letter. How are you searching for opportunities?  Once you get that opportunities, how do you nail the interview?  And let's say you nail that interview, what should you do next after the interview? If you get offered the job, and accept, how do you make that transition professionally? Stephanie believes we're in a critical period for the athletic training profession as we work to expand our involvement in the healthcare world, and a big part of that is influencing others to give you that opportunity. Given this circumstance, our profession needs more and better leaders than ever before. We owe it to ourselves and those who come after us to reject complacency and accelerate growth.  Showcase this passion as you seek your next opportunity! Stephanie has been an athletic trainer for over 10 years, with primary experience in the secondary school setting and in athletic training administration. In her current role as Athletic Training Supervisor for Coordinated Health (a part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network), she provides leadership to a large team athletic trainers across numerous secondary school, collegiate, and advanced practice settings. Stephanie graduated with honors from Messiah College with a BA in Athletic Training.  Following graduation, she worked for several years in Central Pennsylvania at Cumberland Valley HS, the School District of Lancaster, and Lancaster Mennonite. Stephanie joined Coordinated Health in 2013 to serve Liberty High School before moving into an Athletic Training lead lead, starting her administrative career. Stephanie lives in Quakertown, PA with her husband and three active sons. You can reach Stephanie at if you'd like to pick her brain!
June 26, 2020
Developing Personal Power, with Kevin Briles, Sr., LAT, ATC, CSCS, EMT-B
During times when conflict arises and influence is necessary, the ability to leverage your own personal power can be the difference maker in the outcomes you achieve. As an athletic trainer, it is important to differentiate positional and personal power.  Kevin emphasizes the personality traits of civility and compassion and how those traits can be used to develop personal power and leadership qualities in the athletic training profession. KB shares his strategies to effectively communicate and function as an influential contributing member of the athletic department team.  He also discusses strategies to promote an environment of civility and compassion in the athletic training clinic. This talk was originally given at the 2019 RWJBarnabas Health "We Matter Too" Athletic Trainer Personal Development Symposium.  A 1997 graduate of Gettysburg College, Kevin Briles has been practicing as a licensed athletic trainer in New Jersey for 22 years. Kevin has served as District Athletic Trainer and Assistant to the Athletic Director at the Delsea Regional School District since 2004. Previously, he served as Director of Athletic Training Services for Kessler Memorial Hospital for six years. Along with his duties at Delsea, Briles has served as an athletic trainer for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association championships in swimming, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling at the District, Region, and State tournament levels. Furthermore, he has also served as site manager for wrestling weight certification as a master weight assessor and as a member of the NJSIAA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. In addition to his secondary school responsibilities, he has served on athletic training staffs at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College, and serves as an adjunct clinical instructor/preceptor at Rowan University. Within the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, Briles currently serves as President and sits on the Secondary Schools Committee. In addition to being a member of The New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Briles, is the recipient of Gettysburg College’s Romeo Capozzi Award, The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Athletic Training Service Award, and The Gloucester County Police Chiefs Association's Civilian Service Award. Kevin can be contacted via email at or
June 10, 2020
cATalyzing Change - Empower through Personal Power (Special Message)
The mistreatment of our black & brown brothers & sisters, both intentionally & untintentionally, is unacceptable. #BlackLivesMatter There is no "inferior" race, nor is there an inferior ethnicity/religion/sexual orientation/gender identity. While many say "all lives do matter", right now our priority as a world is taking care of those who feel/are treated as though theirs do not. The road to unity & elevATion of those who have been held down starts w/ personal reflection & personal choice. We must make a choice to admit there is injustice, acknowledge the pain, empathetically listen, & compassionately care better. We are ONE team as a human race. The problem is while many people SAY that, too many people do not LIVE that. People struggle w/ unintentional bias that has been cultivated throughout our lifetime because of our upbringing/surroundings/experiences. Because of our emotions, we "react" instead of "respond". We need to realize that sometime we have to take a breath before we speak. Sadly, our black & brown sisters & brothers in this world "cannot breathe." We can be something more, something greATer. Change will come through ownership of personal power, utilized in a productive way, NOT a destructive way. We are all capable of building our personal power, and more importantly we are all capable of SUPPORTING/EMPOWERING personal power in our black & brown sisters & brothers. Own your space. Be growth-minded. See yourself from the balcony. Reach out to those who feel they don't matter. AcT with empathetic purpose. Together we will make an impAcT towards finally changing the world. #BlackLivesMatter #WeAreOneTeam #SpreadLove
June 03, 2020
Perseverance & Passion in Healthcare - David Abrutyn, MD
Obstacles create opportunities. Everybody faces battles, curve balls, unexpected twists during their life and career journey.  It is how you respond and persevere through these obstacles which matters in dictating your long-term outcomes.  In this episode, Dr. Abrutyn and Ryan discuss Dr Abrutyn's story of perseverance and passion and discuss how adversity influences growth. How does mindset play a role in response to adversity, and based on chosen mindset what are the possible outcomes of someone facing adversity? What is the importance of demonstrating passion in healthcare, and how does demonstration of passion by a healthcare professional impact patient care and career growth? What are some things that can sidetrack “passion” along the way? Lastly, what are some tips for athletic trainers to maximize their relationships with physicians? David Abrutyn, MD is an orthopedic surgeon for Summit Medical Group who is fellowship trained and board certified in Sports Medicine. His specialty is the nonoperative and operative treatment of shoulder and knee injuries. David's passion and focus are on tissue preservation, anatomic restoration and healing, and minimally invasive surgery, with a surgical practice focus on the treatment of the shoulder and knee with a primary emphasis on advanced arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures. David is currently the medical director of the Athletic Training service line at RWJ Somerset Hospital and team orthopedic surgeon for the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club and Immaculata High School Athletics in Somerville, NJ. He is also actively involved in the treatment of athletes from many Skyland High School Athletic Conference, and is the former team physician for Sky Blue Football Club (FC), New Jersey’s women’s professional soccer team and the Long Beach Ice Dogs, a minor league hockey team based in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Abrutyn championed and implemented the Joint Surgery Center at RWJ Somerset Hospital in Somerville, NJ, a comprehensive, patient-centric total joint replacement program that is nationally recognized the the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Dr. Abrutyn is passionate about athletics, fitness, and prevention, and his goal is to try to establish realistic expectations, educating his patients about their conditions and treatment options, which allows them to partner with him to achieve the best possible outcomes. Dr. Abrutyn sees patients in Bridgewater and Warren, NJ. For more information call 908-685-8500 of visit; David can be reached at
May 19, 2020
Treat Yourself As If You Were Your Athlete: How ATs Must Develop Self-care - Pete Economou, PhD, ABPP-CBT
Working in "helping fields" can have significant stress and emotional effects on the providers themselves, inherently interfering with the efficiency, health and well-being, and overall functioning of these providers. It is incumbent upon providers to be selfish, putting themselves first, to sustain a fulfilling and rewarding life while remaining passionate about their work. It is important for athletic trainers to understand the benefits of practicing mindfulness. This talk will address issues related to the practice of athletic training and include the introduction of compassion fatigue, the negative effects of burnout, provide tools for healthy coping, and includes practical examples and practices that athletic trainers can integrate into their busy schedules. In this episode, Dr Pete Economou sheds some light on this topic with audio from a symposium presentation he delivered at the 2019 RWJBarnabas Health Summer Athletic Training Personal Development Symposium. Pete J. Economou Ph.D., ABPP was trained in counseling psychology and is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University in the graduate school of applied and professional psychology (GSAPP), also serving as the associate chair for the Applied Department. Dr. Pete is the founder of a clinical practice specializing in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), he is licensed by NJ and NY to practice psychology, and he is board certified in CBT. Dr. Pete has conducted research in several areas including: multicultural psychology, evidence-based treatments (mainly third wave CBT), Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, and learning challenges related to executive functioning. He is an active member of state and national psychology associations, has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology since 2014, and is a contributor to media outlets and social media. Lastly, as a student of Zen Buddhism, Dr. Pete has been studying at the Morning Star Zendo with Robert Kennedy, Roshi for several years, which has translated into his mindfulness practices offered through the third wave CBT theories. Follow and connect with Dr. Pete on Twitter and Instagram at @OfficialDrPete.
May 05, 2020
Remaining Calm: ATs as the Eye of the Storm - Chris Flores, ATC
An Athletic Trainer's chosen mindset is crucial during these different and, in many ways, difficult times. Athletic Trainers have always had to demonstrate calmness and composure during the emergency situations we deal with in our professional settings. Are we still demonstrating that calmness and composure during these times? In this cATalyzing Podcast for ATs episode, Chris Flores, ATC joins Ryan Stevens to discuss how athletic trainers are "built for this".  Also discussed are some coping strategies to keep calm during difficult times and effective daily planning and productivity strategies.  In having to be adaptable, what are some other ways athletic trainers can use the skill sets we already possess in a different way to be productive and showcase value in the ever-changing work post-COVID? Chris and Ryan get into this. Chris Flores, ATC is the owner of FLO Fitness, Co-creator of the Rooted Rehab Certification, Adjunct Professor at Kean University and the former Head Athletic Trainer for Westfield High School. During his 8 years there he discovered many of the same issue that most athletic trainers face trying to manage long hours, family life and personal success. This lead him to creating the FLO-OSOPHY Mindset Program. Chris believes you can have it all in life as long as you define what that means to you. If you want to reach out to Chris for more information, he can be reached out at and online at
April 22, 2020
Financial Planning for Athletic Trainers in Difficult times - Matthew Shade, M.Ed., LAT, ATC
During these difficult times, many athletic trainers are finding themselves struggling financially or in situation where their financial situation may change quickly in the next few months.  Maybe you've lost your job. Maybe your hours have been cut. Maybe you are concerned about your own health or your family member's health.  We need to make some difficult yet purposeful decisions centered around money management and planning.  The cATalyzing Podcat is bringing you audio in this episode from a talk that Matthew Shade, M.Ed, LAT, ATC gave last summer centered around identifying your financial planning personality and behaviors, how to build a budget, and how to plan for short-, mid-, and long-term goals to avoid pitfalls. Matt showcases his emotions during this talk, as he hopes that his story inspires you to have hope for your future in the event that things are unexpectedly tough for you right now.  Matt Shade, M.Ed, LAT, ATC graduated from West Chester University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, 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. Since this audio was recorded in 2019, Matt has expanded his financial planning practice and now operates his business through Independence Planning Group. With the support of his wife, Staci, Matt enjoys spending his free time watching and coaching his sons, Jacob and Jonathan, in their sports. Want to reach Matt? *The audio from Matt's presentation re-purposed for this podcast is property of RWJBarnabas Health*
April 07, 2020
Developing Your Own Mental Health Emergency Action Plan, with Sandy Lynch Massi, MA, LAT, CCISM
As Certified Athletic trainers, we are often the “go to”, the “handle everything” and the “be everywhere” person. We typically put everyone else first. During a time of crisis, this is likely even more the case.  As we find ways to navigate this COVID-19 pandemic, we also have to remember to take care of ourselves. In this episode I am sharing the audio from a presentation that Sandy Lynch Massi, MA, LAT, CCISM gave last summer at the annual RWJBarnabas Health "We Matter Too" Athletic Trainer Summit.  Sandy is the NATA "ATs Care" District 2 Representative. In this talk she presented ways to help Athletic Trainers recognize when you may have neglected yourself for too long and how to create a plan to get you back to your best. She discusses mental health self-assessment, recognizing when you need to make your mental health a priority, strategies for creating your own mental health Emergency Action Plan, and ways to advocate for yourself as part of the plan. Sandy has been a certified athletic trainer and career firefighter/EMT for over 18 years and is an instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and has participated on the Mercury Critical Incident Response Team, a peer support team for first responders since 2002, currently serving as director. Sandy, along with another peer from NJ, helped organize one of the first peer support teams for athletic trainers in America. Serving as the District 2 representative to the NATA ATs Care Committee,  this position tasks her with coordinating team development, training and requests for service in NJ, PA, DE and NY. Additionally, Sandy is an instructor at the Emergency Services Training Center in Westhampton, NJ. where she teaches EMT and Firefighter courses. Sandy is a Mom to 9 year old Jackson, two pit bulls and a cat. She is married and lives in Delran. While currently sidelined after ACL reconstruction, she enjoys half ironman triathlons and running marathons. Connect with Sandy at About ATs Care: The ATs Care program is designed to offer crisis management training opportunities for athletic trainers dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident or who is having difficult dealing with challenging times personally. The mission of the ATs Care Committee is to aid ATs and AT students who have been through a critical incident by utilizing a peer-to peer-system to assist, monitor and encourage these individuals to seek initial support through state or regional ATs Care teams.
March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Downtime Tips for Athletic Trainers: Mike Prybicien and Ryan Stevens
These are unprecedented times which we are facing. How are you as an athletic trainer playing a role in our response, care, and preparations to the Coronavirus pandemic? Besides hopefully taking mindful advantage of valuable time with your family as able during times of quarantine, in what ways are you making the most of your downtime to better set yourself up for future success? In this episode, Mike and I discuss the how athletic trainers can still be involved, along with purposeful professional tips for making the most of your downtime if you need to remain working with your organization.  Michael Prybicien, MA, ATC, CSCS, CES has worked as an athletic trainer in a variety of different venues with patients of all ages and skill sets. Mike is currently employed as an athletic trainer at Passaic High School in New Jersey, serves as Vice President of Operations for Sports Safety International, and also is an adjunct professor at William Paterson University in Wayne New Jersey. He is both an athletic trainers society of New Jersey distinguished service award recipient and a Hall of Fame inductee. Additionally Mike is a New Jersey state coaches association Hall of Fame inductee. He is author of numerous book chapters, abstract articles, and journal articles that specializing in sports emergency care, and prevention, recognition, and management. Michael received the two bachelor of science degrees from Penn State University and his master's from Kent State University in Ohio. Mike can be reached at, and Ryan can be reached at  
March 17, 2020
"ATSNJ in 60": A summary of the 2020 ATSNJ Conference
Get ready - this is an episode unlike any other cATalyzing Podcast episodes before!  Ryan attended the 2020 Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey annual convention and business meeting, and he's bringing you the key takeaways (along with a slew of live-tweets via @cATalyzingATs and #ATSNJ2020).  In this episode, there are 11 short segments featuring all of the presenters, along with the ATSNJ President and President-elect. One definitely cannot do this fantastic two-day event justice with a 60 minute podcast, but we tried our best! Below is the lineup, topics, and email addresses in case you wish to reach out for further questions! Thanks to the ATSNJ leadership for their support. This episode will definitely be #cATalyzingATs! Kevin Briles - ATSNJ Key Updates and 2020 Initiatives ( Jessica Springstead - Making ATSNJ Conference Happen ( Doug Mann, DPE, ATC - Vitamin D Deficiency & its Relationship to Injury, Gender, Race, and Sport Season ( Jeff Konin, PhD, ATC, PT, FACSM, FNATA - Cannabis as an Intervention for Patient Care ( Steve Barandica, MEd, ATC, EMT - What you Need to Know Your First Year as a Professional ( Doug Stringham, MS, LAT, ATC - How to Best Build and Utilize your Tool Box ( Drue Stapleton, PhD, ATC, CSCS - Movement Quality and Athletic Performance: Does it Matter? ( Bradford Tucker, MD - Clinical Efficiency of Intra-articular Mesenchymal Stem Cells for the Tx of Knee OA ( Darryl Conway, MA, LAT, ATC - Take A.C.T.I.O.N.: Opioid Overdose Education, Prevention, & Management ( Scott Dankel, PhD - BFR: Safety, Application, and Efficacy ( William Gallagher, MD - Current Concepts in the Office Based Tx of the Concussed Athlete ( Visit for more information on the Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey!
March 03, 2020
Directional testing & postural provocation for low back disorders - Ken Cieslak, DC, ATC, CSCS
This year Ken Cieslak, DC, ATC, CSCS was a featured presenter at EATA, where he led an EBP workshop on using directional testing and postural provocation to enhance assessment of lower back disorders. In this episode we get nerdy and highly clinical as Ken and I recap the session and discuss the key takeaways! Ken has been in the field of athletic training for over 29 years. A 1989 graduate of the Kean College athletic training program, he also completed his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1995, graduating as valedictorian of his class at Life University. Since 1997 he has been employed as the Teaneck high school athletic trainer in addition to having a chiropractic practice in Bogota, New Jersey. Ken is a preceptor in the Montclair State University AT program. He is the northern regional representative for the ATSNJ and has served as the nominations chair for the past four years, as well as serving as a volunteer review were for the NATA convention proposal review committee. He has been fortunate to lecture on a variety of topics, including presentations at in 2018 NATA meeting and the National Strength and Conditioning Association meeting in 2018. to check out tens presentation from EATA, click this link to access the PDF of the PowerPoint.
February 26, 2020
Promoting Your Profession (An Example) - Ryan Stevens, ATC & David Borchardt, ATC
With National Athletic Training Month (#NATM2020) coming up in March, this is a good time for all athletic trainers to be thinking about ways you can promote yourself as a healthcare professional and your profession to other stakeholders and community members who are potentially touched by athletic training. This year's theme is "Athletic Trainers are #HealthcareInAction", and one way of taking action is to promote yourself and your profession to gain increased exposure and understanding for those you help with your expertise. This episode is an example of one way you can do that. Last year David Borchardt, ATC and Ryan Stevens, ATC had the privilege of being interviewed on a television show by physician Dr. Douglas Ashinsky, where the athletic training profession was discussed. Ryan is the manager of athletic training, Physical Therapy, and Fitness for RWJ Somerset and Hamilton hospitals, and David is director of athletic training for Rutgers University Athletics. This audio is property of RWJBarnabas Health and was repurposed for this podcast. Original video link here:
February 08, 2020
All Things Per Diem Athletic Training - K. Ellis Mair, EdM, ATC (Go4Ellis)
At different points of our professional careers, most athletic trainers dabble in per diem work, either as an independent contractor or through an employer. Per diem athletic training is a fantastic way to build experience, grow your network, add additional income, and establish foundations for future jobs. When it comes to working as a per diem athletic trainer, it is not as simple as just showing up and providing excellent care. In this episode, Ryan Stevens sat down with K. Ellis Mair, founder of Go4Ellis, to discuss her journey and "all things per diem", many aspects which any athletic trainer at any level needs to consider when working in this capacity.  Ellis Mair graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with her Bachelors in Kinesiology in the Athletic Training Option. She worked in the Secondary School setting where she was the head athletic trainer for Monsignor Bonner High School.  She began working per diem work in 2010 with NXTsports.  In 2011, she was brought on as the Participant Health and Safety Consultant for NXT.  In 2013, she attended Boston University where she worked as a graduate assistant and staff athletic trainer.  Upon obtaining her Masters in Health Education from BU, she returned home to Philadelphia to become the Director of Participant Health and Safety for the largest youth lacrosse company in the country.  In 2016, Ellis had an idea to streamline and professionalize the per diem setting.  She and a few colleagues decided to create Go4Ellis.   Currently, Ellis is the Co-Founder of Go4Ellis, the athletic training app that links athletic trainers with per diem work opportunities.  She is the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Youth Sports Work Group.  Ellis currently sits on the Board of Directors for Schema and the Fishtown Neighbors' Association.  Her garden was named a 2019 Garden of Distinction by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  She currently lives in Philadelphia and is a proud dog momma to a labrador and mastiff. You can reach Ellis at and at 
January 24, 2020
CreATing your Team - Kevin Briles, ATC, CSCS, EMT-B
Who is on your team? How do you cultivate those relationships?  What does shared accountability look like?  As athletic trainers, inter-professional collaboration is critical for success. We have to think about the "team" we surround ourselves with, anyone who directly or indirectly plays a role in the holistic high quality care and safety of the people you serve. In this conversation, Kevin Briles and I dive deep into the concept of "CreATing your Team".  Kevin discusses who he considers as key players on his team, and we discuss effective and succesful approaches to positive team dynamics. As you further develop your supportive team in 2020, take these tips to heart. A 1997 graduate of Gettysburg College, Kevin Briles has been practicing as a licensed athletic trainer in New Jersey for 22 years. Kevin has served as District Athletic Trainer and Assistant to the Athletic Director at the Delsea Regional School District since 2004. Previously, he served as Director of Athletic Training Services for Kessler Memorial Hospital for six years. Along with his duties at Delsea, Briles has served as an athletic trainer for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association championships in swimming, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling at the District, Region, and State tournament levels. Furthermore, he has also served as site manager for wrestling weight certification as a master weight assessor and as a member of the NJSIAA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. In addition to his secondary school responsibilities, he has served on athletic training staffs at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College, and serves as an adjunct clinical instructor/preceptor at Rowan University. Within the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, Briles currently serves as President and sits on the Secondary Schools Committee. In addition to being a member of The New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Briles, is the recipient of Gettysburg College’s Romeo Capozzi Award, The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Athletic Training Service Award, and The Gloucester County Police Chiefs Association's Civilian Service Award. Kevin can be contacted via email at or 
January 08, 2020
Teaching Lower Extremity Progressions for Injury Reduction - Ryan Stevens & Essential Tennis
We're going way back in this throwback episode. Back when I had hair :-). A little while after I moved to New Jersey, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Ian Westermann, founder of, to create a series of videos on injury prevention and performance enhancement for tennis players.  In this podcast episode, we are going to get clinical with some tips you can use both with injury rehab and injury reduction programs, as I share the audio from three of these video segments. In my session with Ian, we review jumping and landing mechanics as a precursor to beginning plyometric training, base deceleration and change of direction skill drills as a precursor for advanced speed, and lower extremity sequence progressions that I have used in the "Performance" realm, with the purpose of injury reduction and performance enhancement. agility, and quickness drills, and complementary lower extremity strengthening exercises such as the single leg squat, single leg RDL, and mini band walking.  Essential Tennis was an idea born of enthusiasm and frustration. Ten years ago, Ian was a teaching pro, feeding balls to club players who didn’t really want to work much on their games. They just wanted an instant fix. Ian, however, wanted to teach students truly motivated to improve their skills. So where did he find them? In his basement. Or, on his computer in his basement, to be more precise. The Internet is where he discovered a growing community of players who simply couldn’t get enough tennis instruction. His kind of people. From the get-go, Essential Tennis has been pioneer in the digital instruction space. It adopted YouTube early on. Now it’s the top tennis instruction channel with more than 102,000 subscribers. It currently offers some of the web’s most comprehensive digital courses. And its distinctive teaching methodology employs a system of progressions designed to improve student play, step by step. The results are undeniable. Video Links to match podcast audio: Jump / landing techniques: Deceleration & Agility Skills progression: Hip and lower extremity strength progression to complement deceleration and agility training:  *audio from videos posted with permission of Ian Westermann and*
December 18, 2019
Diversity, Inclusion, & Cultural Competency for Healthcare Pros - Paula Gutierrez, MHA, CPTC
Athletic trainers (and all other healthcare practitioners for that matter) have a responsibility to provide care in a manner best suited for the person in need of that care. We work daily with highly diverse populations, and often times there may be instances of subconscious bias and unintentional pre-judgement potentially affecting the way we interact and the clinical decisions we make.  The "Golden Rule" of "treat others the way you wish to be treated" is's now the Platinum Rule of "treat others the way they wish to be treated, best suited for them." Having an empathetic approach to cultural competency and a strong understanding of how to foster equity and inclusion in your workplace while mitigating bias can be there difference between effective outcomes and broken rapport. Consider this podcast your Diversity, Inclusion, & Cultural Competency 101 course!  Joining Ryan Stevens on this episode is Paula Guitierrez, MHA, CPTC, the Director of Diversity & Inclusion and PROUD Family Health at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJBarnabas Health).  She has over 10 years of healthcare experience which includes work at NJ Sharing Network - an organization responsible for the allocation of organs and tissues for transplant. Her experience also includes work at NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell as the Transplant Administrator for the Liver and Kidney/Pancreas Transplant division. A native of Englewood, New Jersey, she went on to graduate from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Seton Hall University with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. In 2017, she received the Early Careerist Award from the NJ Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Paula has knowledge in the design and implementation of programs and strategies that foster diversity, equity and inclusion; such as mitigating unconscious bias in hiring and promotion, mentoring, employee resource groups, diversity target setting and other inclusion practices. She has also been instrumental in the expansion of PROUD Family Health, NJ’s first LGBT primary health care center affiliated with a major hospital system. In August 2019, she was appointed as Director of PROUD Family Health where she provides day-to-day operational oversight and programmatic growth. Paula, as a Civil Rights Commissioner for Bloomfield Township, NJ, serves as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Health and Medical Sciences and sits on the board of directors of the American College of Healthcare Executives NJ Chapter. Her hobbies include travel, dining and hiking with her dog. You can reach Paula at Resources referenced in the podcast:
December 12, 2019
Shaping our Future Athletic Trainers - Tanya Dargusch, ATC & Eric Schwartz, MS, ATC
We as ATs have a very important duty.  If we want the future of our profession to be even better than we have it currently, we must provide effective and impactful mentorship for the athletic trainers of the future. There is a purposeful approach to this.  It's always going to be a valuable conversation when you combine a conversation with an NATA Hall of Famer, a former ATSNJ President, and host Ryan Stevens!  Ryan had the opportunity to sit down with Tanya Dargusch, LAT, ATC and Eric Schwartz, MS, LAT, ATC, who collaborate as the two athletic trainers serving Washington Township High School in New Jersey. It is no secret Tanya and Eric have done an outstanding job in mentoring future athletic trainers through preceptor affiliations with Rowan University and a successful Washington Township High School Student Aide program. We get deep into it in this episode! Tanya Dargusch, a graduate of Central Michigan University, has been Washington Township's AT since 1988. Before arriving at WTHS, she was one of the pioneers of industrial athletic training with her work at Walbro Corporation.  Highly involved in many NATA committees and special interest initiatives throughout her career, Tanya is a nationally know public speaker in AT. She has many amazing accolades, including being a member of the NATA Hall of Fame, the NJ State Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and ATSNJ Hall of Fame.  She is a winner of the NATA Service Award, EATA Scholastic Athletic Trainer Award, and the ATSNJ Distinguished Service Award,   Eric Schwartz, a graduate of East Stroudsberg University and The College of New Jersey, has been an AT at Washington Township since 2011.  A former ATSNJ President, Eric has been honored with the NATA Athletic Trainer Service award, ATSNJ Distinguished Service Award, and the NJSIAA Service Award. Also highly active in our profession, Eric has previously served on the Executive Council, Governmental Affairs, Secondary School, and Public Relations committees of the ATSNJ. He currently serves as the president of the NJ Athletic Training Political Action Committee board of directors.  Want to connect with Tanya and Eric?  | 
November 20, 2019
cATalyzing our Profession Forward - Ryan Stevens Crossover on #ATChat
Advocating for the athletic training profession is more important now than it has ever been. Athletic Training profession recognition is at an all-time high. Our profession continues to move in a positive direction, and we as ATs must own our space and own our profession if we wish to continue to see this growth and enhance our value and brand recognition. In this crossover episode, Ryan Stevens was the featured guest on the Athletic Training Chat Podcast. In this episode, Joel Luedke (host of AT Chat) interviewed Ryan on topics such as the personal growth of ourselves as athletic trainers, interprofessional collaboration, and advancing our profession. This audio was originally published on the #ATChat Podcast (repurposed with permission of Joel Leudke). Athletic Training Chat is a podcast which highlights the profession of athletic training, with the goal being to create a platform for any athletic trainer to share their personal story and their perspective on the impact that athletic training can have.  ATChat discusses topics close to each interview guest, and each episode includes the "ATChat 5" question segment. Athletic Training Chat supports and showcases the people that do amazing work for a profession that helps so many.  | Twitter: @ATCchat  | Instagram: AthleticTrainingChat  | Facebook: Athletic Training Chat
November 08, 2019
Interprofessional Collaboration to Promote Wellness - An Example with Stevens & Weintraub
Now more than ever, it is important for Certified Athletic Trainers to promote wellness and injury/illness risk abatement in our communities. This is a powerful way to showcase our expertise in a way that educates, outside of the normal "setting" we are typically seen in.  Doing so increases brand awareness of our profession, our employer, and ourselves and helps to showcase the value you bring as an AT. A key way to do this is via interprofessional PR collaboration on media platforms such as social media videos, podcasts, radio interviews, and tv interviews.  This throwback episode serves as a thought-provoking example of how Steven Weintraub, DO and I collaborated for the RWJBarnabas Health "RWJ Health Talk" show.  This audio was taken from our January 2018 TV interview (media is property of Steven Weintraub, DO: Dr. Weintraub is a board-certified physician specializing in sports medicine. He completed medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed a family practice residency at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), followed by a fellowship in sports medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Dr. Weintraub is a clinical assistant professor at RWJMS and maintains memberships in the New Jersey Osteopathic Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He serves as a team physician for local schools, including Freehold Regional Schools, Howell High School, Freehold Township High School, Colts Neck High School, and Trenton Thunder. He is the consulting sports medicine physician for Monroe High School and St. John Vianney High School. Catch the original video of this interview courtesy of RWJBarnabas Health here -  @cATalyzingATS Podcast: host Ryan Stevens, MPS, ATC, CSCS - Instagram / Twitter @RStevensATC
October 24, 2019
Building Ownership in Those you Serve - Harold Gibbons
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 09, 2019
Make an Impact in 5 Minutes (AT Clinical Quick Tip) - Ryan Stevens, MPS, ATC, CSCS
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
Financial Tips for Athletic Trainers - Matt Shade, M.Ed., LAT, ATC
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
Slow Down to Get Ahead - Brian Nguyen, ATC, CSCS, CPT
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
Integrating Rehab & Training - Michael Mullin, ATC, PTA, PRC
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
Communication Skills & Career Growth - Thomas Plummer
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