JOHN BARRESSE, CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER
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Maybe the most interesting thing about John choosing athletic training as his career is, he didn’t even know what training was until his college adviser suggested he look into pursuing a degree in it. He signed up for observation hours in the athletic training room at Eastern Oregon University as a sophomore and was hooked on becoming an ATC. He graduated from the program and became BOC certified in 2003.
John continued his education at the University of Oregon, where he earned a master’s degree in sports medicine in 2005. While at the UO, John had the opportunity to work with both Springfield High School and UO athletes.
John is patient about his career. “Working at a high school is great,” he says. “My day is never dull. But what I like most is being able to make a positive influence in today’s youth because that is very rewarding to me. I love what I do.”