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Masters In Coaching Episode XI: Certified Athletic Trainer Allison Weatherford

Posted on 11/3/2020 by Tim Cates

Alison Weatherford, MCAA Graduate 2016, Certified Trainer with Team USA and the US Olympic Training Center, Owner Athena Athlete

She's been involved in athletics for over 20 years working with athletes from the high school to elite Paralympic and Olympic levels. She was a Michigan State Champion Alpine skier in high school, and went on to college skiing. She earned her degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire, she became a Certified Athletic Trainer working at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. She worked with different athletes and teams: US Soccer, USA softball, USA track and field, USA bobsled, US rowing, and US archery teams, just to name a few. She was a member of the USA medical staff for the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens; she worked with the teams in Greece as well as in Torino, Italy. She returned to school to further her education and earned her master's degree from Concordia University Irvine's Coaching and Athletics Administration program in the spring of 2016. On top of that, she's a mom, she's a wife, and she's the owner of Athena Athlete. We welcome Allison Weatherford to the podcast.

Show Highlights

  • Pivoting after an injury
  • How a trainer supports a team in injury prevention and nutrition
  • Developing an athlete’s growth mindset and grit
  • If girls can’t see women in sports, they can’t dream it
  • How athletics supports time management, goal setting, and confidence building
  • How the next generation of athletes are going to grow the opportunities for women in sports
  • How the master’s program acted as a compass for her work with female athletes

Tags: Masters in Coaching, Olympics, Team USA, Trainer, Alumni, MCAA Podcast

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