As the month of March comes to a close, so does National Athletic Training Month. The month is entirely dedicated to the athletic trainers and spreading awareness about the importance of their profession. The University of Dallas is home to two athletic trainers, Robert Leibold and Corrie Bober. I sat down with each of them to get a little more insight on their jobs at the university.
The University News: Where did you go to college and become an athletic trainer?
Robb Leibold: I went to school at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Corrie Bober: I went to the University of Oklahoma (OU) and received my bachelor’s in health and exercise science. I also went into an entry-level master’s program at California Baptist University (CBU).
UN: How long have you been an athletic trainer?
RL: I’ve been an athletic trainer since 2003.
CB: I was a student for seven years and I have been certified for three.
UN: Where have you worked as an athletic trainer?
RL: I worked at the high school level and at Employee Health. I’ve worked overseas as an athletic trainer, and at Northwood University and UD.
CB: I worked as a student at OU and all around Riverside while I was at CBU. I then worked at Samford University in Alabama, [then] Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and now at UD.
UN: What made you decide to become an athletic trainer?
RL: I wanted to be involved in athletics and I knew that I wasn’t going to work at the professional level, but I wanted to stay involved.
CB: I loved sports [and] I didn’t want to go to medical school. As soon as I started working as a medical trainer I loved it so I decided to stick with it.
UN: What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the job?
RL: Working with injuries that the athletes get are always really interesting. Broken ankles and lacerated heads and things like that are sometimes gross to look at but it’s interesting for us athletic trainers. The hours are all over the place as an athletic trainer; I’m always working on the weekends during all of the seasons.
CB: Working with athletes that have season-ending injuries and being able to help them get back on the field and court. The pay and the hours are not the best, but a lot of people don’t even know what an athletic trainer is, so fighting for our profession is a very frustrating part of our job. We constantly have to fight for people to understand what we do and what we are capable of.
UN: What is the most common injury you treat?
RL: I always see ankle sprains during the year.
CB: I see a lot of hamstring and hip flexor strains along with a lot of ankle sprains throughout the year.
UN: What is one piece of advice that you would give athletes that come in to see you?
RL: The best way to prevent injuries is to take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating healthy and getting enough sleep. Getting stretched out and warmed up and everything that you can do as a person to keep yourself from getting injured.
CB: Listen to your athletic trainers.
UN: What is your favorite sport to watch here at UD?
RL: This is my first year working with the men’s lacrosse team and it’s a very fast-paced game which makes it a good game to watch.
CB: Soccer is always good to watch.