AT Spotlight: Melissa Gresham, a Travel Athletic Trainer
Thinking about taking a Travel AT contract job, but want to hear about someone else’s travel experience first?
Meet Melissa Gresham, a former college athletic trainer who is now working as a Travel AT and enjoying the benefits that come with that role.
What are some of the major differences?
> As a Travel AT, you’re working for an athletic trainer company–not the school, and not a PT clinic.
> No referral quotas and teaching assignments.
> Actual over-time pay. Get paid for all the hours you put in.
> The support of a team who assists with your onboarding, program development, EAP, and best practices.
Name: Melissa Gresham, ATC
Alma Mater: Ohio State University
What’s your current gig: Go4 Travel AT: Head Athletic Trainer at Cedar Ridge High School
Most Important Thing in Your Bag: Scissors
Where were you working before you took a Travel AT job?
Why did you take the job?
I needed a change from the demands of D1 coverage. To sum it up, it never felt like I was “away” from work. There could be a need at any time, and that uncertainty made for prolonged stress outside of work hours.
What’s the biggest difference between a Travel AT Job and your last position?
The demands are much different of course, but most notably a well defined line of being at work and being away. The hourly pay correlates directly to the time you are putting in.
What do you like most about being a Travel AT?
Weekends off are huge!
When you’re not on a sideline, where can we find you?
“putzing” with plants, or playing with our dogs–Marla, our Bernese Mountain Dog, & Bailey, pure good girl!
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