Name: Thomas Obergefell, MS, ATC, LAT

Nickname: T.J.
Alma Mater: SUNY Brockport / Georgia State University
What’s your current gig: I am now working for Parkview Sports Medicine in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am assigned to Indiana Tech as an assistant Athletic Trainer, working with their Baseball, Men’s Wrestling and Golf teams. 

The picture is of me, when I was with the West Michigan Whitecaps (Low-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. We won the Midwest League Championship in 2015.

Most Important Thing in Your Bag: Sharp pair of scissors!  

What is the Weirdest / Wildest / Most Interesting / Out there AT job you’ve ever worked: I covered an Ultimate Frisbee competition.  
Share your best Moment / Story / Anecdote as an AT: Winning the 2015 Midwest League Championship with the West Michigan Whitecaps (140+ games is a grind, its makes it worth it being able to win a championship at the end, especially with such great staff and players). 
Quote/Lyric/Line that sums up Athletic Training For You:
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.” –Derek Jeter

What does your day to day look like?

Very different now than compared to working in professional baseball. But wake up, go to work at one of the three Orthopedic NorthEast clinics in Fort Wayne, go to the gym after work, eat dinner with my wife at home, watch some TV, go to bed. Repeat.


What has been the biggest change in the year of the pandemic?

The absence of sports at all levels.

When you’re not on a sideline, where can we find you?

Out exploring whatever city I am in with my wife, Traci.

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