Aug. 17, 2011
Bryce Sorrier is a certified athletic trainer working in C.A.T.S. Medical Services for the University of Arizona Athletics Department. He works closely with head coach Niya Butts and her staff in directing medical services and specialized treatment for the women's basketball program.
Here's a Q&A with Bryce Sorrier about his work with women's basketball.
What do you like most about working in athletic training for an athletic department?
I feel like working as an athletic trainer gives you an opportunity to work in one of the best conferences in the country and with some of best student-athletes in the country. Working with student-athletes of the highest caliber brings out the best of my skills and it keeps me on edge throughout the entire recovery process. There is nothing more satisfying than being involved in the rehab of a student-athlete and being able to get them back on the court or field.
What types of qualities can student-athletes use on the court and in terms of rehabbing and taking care of injuries?
Attitude, motivation, patience, effort and trust are the most important qualities a student-athlete can possess. Every student-athlete looks at an injury differently and when incorporating these qualities on the court and in the training room, a student-athlete can get back to their position quickly.
What is the most important lesson about athletic training that you try to impart on your student-athletes?
The most important lesson is patience. Most student-athletes want to get out on the court as quickly as possible but you have to take the time to properly rehab an injury.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The feeling when you see a student-athlete getting back to their sport after an injury. From a non-athletic training prospective, the most rewarding part is the opportunity to meet great people and being able to travel to places that I wouldn't get to experience outside of this career.