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Submitted By: Contra Costa County ROP

Joe Teaches Injury Prevention to Disneyland Stars

Student Background

When asked what led him to take ROP Sports Medicine in high school, Joe stated, "It sounded fun." He was very interested in sports, participating in basketball, cross-country and track and field in high school. He didn’t know if he would continue athletics in college, so he thought Sports Medicine might give him the opportunity to remain a part of the athletic world. After starting the class, Joe said, “I knew this was the direction I wanted to follow.”

Program Description

After completing the ROP Sports Medicine class with instructor Kim O’Leary at Antioch High School, Joe continued his training at Diablo Valley College under the tutelage of Mike Chisar. Joe received the NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) student scholarship while attending CSU Fullerton.

Outcomes

Joe has been working at the “happiest place on earth” for the past four years. Joe works with the entertainers at Disneyland. He is part of a team of nine full-time trainers. Although they respond to injuries, their main goal is injury prevention. Joe is primarily responsible for one theater show, which has between 50-60 cast members who perform multiple shows each day. There is an athletic training room in the theater itself and Joe works with the cast members before, during and after their performances.

His duty is to make sure they are properly preparing in order to prevent chronic overuse and body motion injuries, using a variety of techniques to achieve this goal including Pilates, therapeutic exercise and cardio.

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