Student Athletic Trainer at Orem Owlz
Christine Padilla is an Athletic Training major who had the amazing opportunity to work with Orem Owlz, the rookie affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels. Click here to read more about her experience!
What did you do for your internship?
I was able to work with the Owlz, the rookie affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels, as a student athletic trainer for the 2018 season. It was a great opportunity to apply the things I've been learning in my classes at BYU in a new environment. I was able to help with small things like making ice bags to bigger things like the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. I saw the entire process from the injury, through the rehabilitation, to the athlete returning to the field. I was able to chase my own dreams while helping these athletes chase theirs. It was such a rewarding experience!
What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?
I think the most useful thing I learned from my internship with the Owlz was how athletic training in professional baseball works. My experience in athletic training has been limited to the college level and younger children, but this internship allowed me to gain insight into professional sports. I learned a lot of different things in regard to evaluating and treating injuries as well, but I really appreciate that I was able to better see and understand the bigger picture.
How did your courses and your major prepare you for your internship?
The classes I've taken in my major all had a part in preparing me for this internship. There were a lot of little things that I've learned that this experience helped to solidify, and the things I've learned in my classes at BYU also helped to prepare a base for me to add upon.
What professional skills did you develop in your internship?
I learned how to better interact with coaches and coordinators within the sport, as well as managers and administration. I also learned how to handle certain situations, like an athlete in the hospital. I also learned many different skills that will help to prepare me to be an effective clinician.