What it’s Like to be an Athletic Trainer to NASCAR Teams [Podcast]
Angela Sneed, a Certified Athletic Trainer with OrthoCarolina's Motorsports Program who works with Roush Fenway and Richard Petty Motorsports, joined AT (Athletic Training) Podcast from Pocono Raceway to talk about her work. She discussed injury treatment and prevention, traveling with the teams, what it’s like to be at the track for every NASCAR race, and how as a female she was able to break into a male-dominated sport.
“When I first started working in motorsports, there were hardly any athletic trainers at all. A lot of times in the past if a pit crew member got injured they wouldn't say anything because they didn't want to lose their jobs, and it's a very competitive role,” says Sneed. “Over time teams have come to realize how important the role of an athletic trainer is. Being able to get those guys back to the job as quickly as possible is so important to overall strategy.”
Motorsports athletes including pit crew and drivers rely not just on endurance and first-rate physical conditioning to work at peak performance, but they also depend on quality medical treatment to get through the long 38-week NASCAR season successfully.
A 1993 graduate of Catawba College, Sneed was inducted into Catawba College’s Sports Medicine Hall of Fame in 2012.
Listen to her full interview on AT Podcast.
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