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My wonderful experience as a visiting professor in Japan

I was privileged enough to be asked to Ritsumeikan University  Shiga, Japan as an invited lecturer asked to give a series of lectures during their concentrated summer program. The theme of the lecture program was “brain pathologies and therapies.” Yes that is a broad topic, but they wanted personal expert presentations focusing on those areas [...]

Chapter 6e. Jock Strapping and Ship Jumping

After a lot of discussions and reading, I asked Dr. Dillon if I could be his graduate student to work on a Ph.D. in physiology, after my masters was done. He asked me if I knew what kind of research project I wanted to do, I said yes and gave a brief outline of a [...]

Chapter 6d. Jock Strapping and Ship Jumping

The following week I did extremely well on my finals. I stayed in town and went looking for another job, because I would need it to earn the money to pay for graduate school. Also, as an out-of-state student, I needed to have a graduate assistantship at the university. Otherwise my tuition would be much [...]

Chapter 6c. Jock Strapping and Ship Jumping

“OK, I’ll lock up the training room. I suggest you get someone here for when practice ends.” I said. Clint hung up on me before I could say any more. Right then one of the wrestlers came in asking to have his wrist taped. I of course obliged him and told him I had just [...]

Chapter 6b. Jock Strapping and Ship Jumping

We were learning how to relieve back and neck tension by back and neck cracking along with muscle stretching. Because I had a solid anatomy background from dissecting Clare, all the lessons made tons of sense to me. The muscle stretching would focus on loosening the longest and strongest muscles to increase range of motion [...]

Chapter 6a. Jock Strapping and Ship Jumping

 I studied for and passed the Certification exam for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and became a certified athletic trainer the summer before starting graduate school at Michigan State University. I left for Michigan State to join the training staff who were going to work with the football players at the start of camp for [...]

Chapter 5b. Research to Help People with Graduate School

I drove my Ford Econoline 150 to the Canadian border from the New York side and entered Canada late one evening. My intention was to drive through the night to get to Michigan. I liked to drive at night because there was less traffic. I was pretty good at staying awake all night based on [...]

Chapter 5a. Research to Help People with Graduate School

 As graduation approached, I started looking into graduate schools to continue my college education. My logic for not trying to get a job right after graduation was simple. First, if I was a trained practitioner in Athletic Training I could work longer term with athletes and help them improve their performance and maybe even achieve [...]

Chapter 4c. Reverse Road Trip

As it grew later and later, I found myself wondering what I was really doing, and what I expected in hooking up with Holly again. I wanted to stay up but was very tired. Jim and I were going to leave tomorrow morning, yet I knew that there was a more in-depth conversation Holly and [...]

Chapter 4b. Reverse Road Trip

The next thing I knew, Holly was standing in front of us with a smile on her face. She and I hugged briefly and she invited us in. With only Jim there, the two of us were able to catch up on each other’s comings and goings over the past few years. Holly worked part [...]