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Recently we have added our third child into the family and it has been AWESOME to say the least.  Kids are wonderful, and saying that you will do anything to protect them pales in comparison to the feelings and urges you have to do such things.  That is why a profession as an athletic trainer has prepared me for my fatherhood.

I spend most of my days protecting kids, none of them my own, but never-the-less protecting them.  That is the first domain (foundation if you will) of Athletic Training, prevention/protection.  At the friendly confines of my home it is me and my wife with a 5, 3 and 3 week old; making multi-tasking a MUST.  But at work I have tons of teenagers that I am protecting, even while sitting in the training room.

Behind the desk I can research injuries, review cases and write policies and plans for everything from concussions (my passion) to severe weather.  You see an athletic trainer is a parent in action, in the sub-set of the sports world.  Sure we don't see every possible injury coming, but we educate coaches and kids enough they know what they are looking for.  And when a problem arrives or a hurdle is in front of them, the knowledge passed on to them we hope will allow them to proceed to their desired destination.

At home, we do the same, provide a foundation of information to make the right decisions and if something is to go awry they should have the knowledge to prevail.  One thing I have yet to get my kids to understand/do is how to change their little brothers diapers, maybe that is too much to ask!  ha