Gregg Farnam, Head Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Timberwolves, talks about his job.
Q: What's a typical workday like for you?
I am a health care professional who specializes in preventing, assessing, managing, treating and rehabilitating athletic-related injuries. My day is centers the needs of our athletes and creating an environment where they will be successful. It may start with preparing the facility for practice, treating an ankle sprain or setting up a doctor's appointment. I meet with the team's physical therapist and strength and conditioning coordinator to discuss players' rehabilitation, conditioning and nutritional needs.
Q: How does your role fit into the bigger healthcare picture?
I work under the direction of a licensed physician, our medical director, Dr. Sheldon Burns. We collaborate with other medical disciplines (orthopedic surgeons, physical therapist, dentist, ophthalmologist, etc.) to provide the best possible health care. As the athletic trainer, I am first point of contact for all medical and orthopedic issues for our players, coaches and managers.
Q: Who do you interact with during the course of the day?
Throughout the day there is constant interaction with our players. There is also interaction with coaches and management regarding the health and well being of the players. I will also interact with other departments throughout the Timberwolves organization.
Q: Why did you become an athletic trainer?
I was first introduced to athletic training in college. I have always enjoyed athletics and the science of athletic training intrigued me. It turned out to be a great fit.
Q: What do you like about your work?
I enjoy helping people. I enjoy the people I work with: players, coaches and management. I enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a team.
- Nancy Crotti