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Sparks blog: Erin Roberge, Breaking ground as a female athletic trainer for the Green Bay Packers

by Mr. Michael Wagner

From time to time there is a story that emerges that captures our attention as advisors of young adults. For too long positions in the American National Football League (NFL) have been held by men only. However, things have started to change.

Erin Roberge has etched her name in history as the first female full-time athletic trainer for the Green Bay Packers, a remarkable feat that adds a unique dimension to the team's legacy. While the NFL now boasts 22 female full-time athletic trainers, Roberge stands out as the only one in the Green Bay Packers' roster, adding an extra layer of prestige to her accomplishment.

The importance of internships

We continue to be advocates for pursuing internships, both as a way to discover one’s passion for a career and as a means to open doors for future opportunities. Roberge's journey began just that way, as an intern, and after completing her third season she now holds the title of an official assistant athletic trainer. Her story sheds light on the complexity and demands of the athletic training profession, dispelling the common misconception that athletic trainers are merely “ankle tapers.” The role requires a multifaceted skill set, encompassing medicine, science, physiology, orthopedics, and even psychology.

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Roberge acknowledges the significance, emphasizing that being the first feels like simply doing her job, but she recognizes the honor attached to the milestone. While she isn't the first female intern the Packers have had, she has become the first female intern to secure a full-time position in the role.

While athletic trainers are often associated with treating injuries, Roberge highlights the extensive responsibilities involved in evaluating injuries. This process requires coordination with doctors, nutrition staff, and strength conditioning staff to ensure players receive comprehensive care to facilitate their recovery and performance on the field.

Roberge's insights also reveal the coaching aspect of her role, as she sometimes needs to encourage players to stay committed to their rehabilitation routines. Her experience in dealing with both professional and college players underscores the importance of a holistic approach to athletic training, involving not just physical treatment but also motivational and coaching elements.

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Finding the right fit

Erin Roberge's journey emphasizes the value of finding the right fit in one's educational and professional pursuits. It's a testament to the notion that success is not solely determined by attending a highly ranked institution but rather by choosing the right environment that aligns with one's passion and dedication. Roberge's accomplishment is proof that the right fit can lead to groundbreaking achievements, making her an inspiration for aspiring athletic trainers and a trailblazer for women in the field.

To read more about Roberge’s journey, read Richard Ryman’s report in the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

Meet Erin Roberge, the first female full-time athletic trainer in Green Bay Packers history

Mr. Michael J. Wagner

Michael Wagner, MAED is a founder and the Knowledge Pilot for Launch Education.  Mr. Mike has assisted hundreds of students around the world on their college pathways. Mike counsels students in Maryland, California, and around the world.