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10192014_CHIEFS_V_CHARGERS1523-2Marco Zucconi
Assistant Athletic Trainer
San Diego Chargers

Inspiration and passion can come from many different places.  Marco Zucconi, assistant athletic trainer for the San Diego Chargers reveals he was hooked from the first sports medicine class he took.  “Being able to work with highly motivated elite athletes is a thrill.” Zucconi has been an assistant with the Chargers for 3 years now.  San Diego State University was the site where Marco received his undergraduate degree, followed by graduate school at the University of Central Florida.  His NFL career began as a Student Athletic Training Intern with San Diego in 2007. He then spent the 2010 season as a Seasonal Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  “Helping athletes to compete at their highest level, as well as aid in the progression on injured athletes from the point of injury until they are able to be successful in their sport is an experience like no other.” 

               Some of Zucconi’s main responsibilities include inventory control and ordering of supplies, hiring and supervising the summer and seasonal intern athletic trainers, and assisting in EMR maintenance and managing.  These duties only tell a small part of the functions and jobs that Marco takes part in.  Zucconi has also served on the PFATS Professional Development Committee from 2013 to the present.  Along those lines Marco would advise future athletic trainers to continue to advance their knowledge and challenge themselves to improve daily.  For providing the best care for your athletes starts with knowing the best practices which are always ever changing.  Zucconi adds, “It is important to get involved in the profession at the district, state and national levels.”  Marco feels that the only way for our profession to continue to grow is to have passionate professionals working hard to keep it flourishing. 

               During his down time in the off season Zucconi likes to spend time outdoors, going to the beach, hiking, and competing in triathlons and other endurance sports.


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