Athletic Training Month Interview: David Stickney of the Iona College Gaels
March is Athletic Training Month and we are very proud to spotlight talented and passionate Certified Athletic Trainers who dedicate themselves to the performance of their athletes. They also understand the benefits of integrating Boost Oxygen into their protocols.
We thank David Stickney for his time in sharing his story and for implementing Boost Oxygen throughout his career. David is the Head Athletic Trainer for basketball at Iona College.
When did you decide to become an Athletic Trainer?
I always wanted to do something in the medical field. Being an Athletic Trainer interested me because unlike other fields, we have the opportunity to be with that athlete from injury to rehab and back to full participation.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The relationships with coaches and athletes. A great group can share everything from rehab getting an athlete back and their contribution or when a team has success.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Being able to use time management. Between rehab, documentation, doctor visits, games, traveling, practices, etc you have to be able to wear multiple hats at the same time. And that was before Covid, which adds a whole new level to everything
Describe the most amazing experience that affirmed your decision that "I am doing what I love to do".
There isn't just a moment. I think our profession has a lot of things that can validate the career decision. For me it is the bond you share with the athlete in regard to them trusting you. This bond is crucial because for some, they will need you on what could be one of the worst moments of their life.
I started using Boost Oxygen while working in professional hockey for the Bridgeport SoundTigers (AHL-affiliate to the New York Islanders). Then again with the 2018 NCAA D-2 National Championship Women’s Soccer team at the University of Bridgeport and now with the Men’s Basketball program at Iona College. All these sports require quick recovery and Boost us helped them achieve this in a wide variety of situations.
David earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine where he worked with the Men's Ice Hockey and Football teams. He earned his Masters of Science from West Virginia University. David has worked in a variety of high level athletics ranging from Professional Baseball and Hockey, Women's Soccer National Champions and the 2021 MAAC Champion Iona College Men's Basketball team. He is currently the Head Athletic Trainer for basketball at Iona College.