Nov 1, 2016
Eye in the Sky

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When Chris Watson, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES, Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer at Malone University, first told the NFL he was interested in being part of its injury spotter program when it began in 2012, he had low expectations. He thought the positions for athletic trainers to monitor play on the field and point out injured athletes would go to people who were better connected with the league than he was.

“I knew they were starting this program, and I basically sent a cold resume then and said, ‘Hey, I’m [interested] in being a part of this,’ and I gave my background working with USA Track and Field [and] with other professionals,” Watson told The Suburbanite. “They said that they would get back to me, and I thought, ‘I’m never going to hear back about it. I don’t have an in.’

But then last year

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