Life as an Athletic Trainer: National Athletic Training Month 2022


It is March 2022, and it is National Athletic Training Month. Last year we did an episode with 3 athletic trainers with whom I’ve crossed paths and enjoyed it so much I wanted to do that again. Today on the podcast, I am joined by three athletic trainers who have all played a role in my life in my development as a sports medicine physician. I’ve learned from them, and I hope you will all learn a little about them and from them as well. Time to dive into the world of athletic training!


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The Host of this Program:

Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guests Featured Inside this Program

Ryan Berry - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadRyan Berry: 

Ryan Berry joined Össur Americas in 2008 and has held a variety of roles serving as Territory Sales Manager, Senior Clinical Specialist, and Manager of Össur Academy. He currently is the Director of Sales Effectiveness and Medical Education for Össur Americas for the Bracing & Supports division. Ryan completed undergraduate and graduate studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ryan began his career with the UW Sports Medicine program in Madison where he served in various outreach and senior clinical roles. After leaving the UW, Ryan founded a Safety and Medical Management Company providing contract and consulting medical services to business and industry as well as CME to medical and safety professionals. Ryan has served the profession of Athletic Training as past state and district Governmental Affairs Coordinator and past Chair of the AT Affiliated Credentialing Board at the Department of Safety and Professional Services for the State of Wisconsin.

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Tamara McLoed - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadTamara McLeod: 

Dr. Tamara McLeod is the Athletic Training Programs Director, Professor of Athletic Training, Research Professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. McLeod completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She was the founding director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network, and her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Dr. McLeod has been a contributing author for numerous NATA position statements, serves on multiple editorial boards, and has been frequently published.

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Enrique Perez-Guerra (Henry)  - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadEnrique Perez-Guerra (Henry): 

Enrique Perez-Guerra, or Henry as we all call him, completed his Bachelor of Science in physical education/athletic training and a Masters of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as an athletic trainer in Kansas City and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, followed by time at the Gundersen clinic in Lacrosse, WI. He then served as an athletic trainer at the University of Wisconsin in Madison spending most of his time as the head athletic trainer for Mens Basketball. He retired after the 2021 season.

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