Heath Forge is the athletic trainer at Oakland High School and also teaches in the Health Science Department. Click here to read about how he became interested in athletic training and about how his mentor has helped him along the way!Read More
Josh Ezell is our first AT Spotlight of 2019 and just in time to get us excited for March. He has a non-traditional athletic training role with STAR Physical Therapy although he draws parallels between the Industrial Medicine setting and a High School Athletic Training Room. To read more about Josh and learn about Industrial Medicine or what an FCE is, follow the link!Read More
Alan Killinsgworth, athletic trainer at Brentwood Academy, is the final AT Spotlight of 2018. Click here to read about how his son influenced his career path and how his position at BA expands beyond sports medicine and gives him the opportunity to impact students’ lives on and off the field.Read More
This month's AT Spotlight features Eddie Davis. He was the athletic trainer for Baylor School back before athletic training was an allied health profession. He spent his whole career caring for the students and athletes of Baylor School in Chattanooga. Click here to read about how Eddie found athletic training before CAATE had the programs!Read More
Years Certified: 19 years
Current Position: Manager, Outreach Sports Medicine for Vanderbilt Orthopedics
What you love about athletic training: "Knowing that you have a positive impact on athletes lives whether getting them through a significant injury or just being someone to talk to."
Awards: 2017 Backbone Award
Education: BS in athletic training with a minor in Spanish from Southeast Missouri State and an MEd from Belmont University
Fun Facts: Completed an internship at the Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World
How did you become an athletic trainer?
Initially thought I wanted to go to PT school, my advisor my first semester suggested athletic training, I did have one in high school so I knew what the profession was. I did my observations and pre-requisites and was accepted into the athletic training program as a sophomore, when most were accepted junior year. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Most Memorable Moments
Kim doesn't recall any one specific stand out moment, but does say that the first year she worked with Stratford High School is one she will never forget. That year, she started the tradition of baking cookies for each win that the boys basketball team had that season. That season, they also made it to state! Needless to say, she baked a lot of cookies.
But, in general, she says that most of her memorable moments are seeing athletes have success, particularly returning to play after a significant injury.
Life outside of Athletic Training
Outside of her clinic management duties and time at Nashville Christian, Kim enjoys checking out new restaurants in town. The verdict is still out on a favorite since there is always something new to try!
During the "dead period" in high school athletics, Kim takes time to travel. One of her favorite trips was a Mediterranean cruise to Italy, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
If she's staying state-side, Kim likes to go back home to Chicago. Every couple of years she will take a river cruise through the city, where she says she almost always learns something new. On her most recent trip back, she took the Chicago Architecture Foundation's tour.
On the list of travel to-do's Kim would love to see all of the professional baseball stadiums.
Her Impact on the Community
This months AT Spotlight features Jerome Reid. He is the winner of the 2017 Clinical/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year award and assistant athletic trainer to the Tennessee Titans. Athletic trainer by day, superhero with his sidekick Jaden by night, click here to read more about Jerome Reid, his journey to the NFL and his impact on Nashville.Read More
Recently recognized for his 1,000th game in professional hockey and recipient of the 2018 Clinical/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year, Andy is head athletic trainer to the Nashville Predators. Click here to find out how he made his way to the NHL and Nashville, some of his most memorable moments as an athletic trainer, and what he enjoys doing when he is not on the ice.Read More
Jersey has been an athletic trainer for 22 years; 10 of those years he has spent in Chattanooga at the McCallie School. He is the winner of the 2018 Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. Click here to find out why Jersey chose to be an athletic trainer, what he loves about it, and the impact he has had on his community. He may have also told us his favorite place to get a burger in Chattanooga too!Read More