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Assistant Athletic Trainer
Lexington High School in South Carolina was the starting block for the career of the Atlanta Falcons assistant athletic trainer Daniel Long. As a student athletic trainer, Long had the opportunity to not only groom his skills but also receive scholarships to help to further his athletic training opportunities in college. Daniel attended the University of South Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy with a concentration in athletic training. During those years Long completed 3 NFL summer internships, twice with the Falcons and one summer with the Browns. Danny continued his education at Auburn University earning a Masters in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Sports Management. Daniel returned to the Cleveland Browns for a year-long internship. Those NFL experiences only drove Long’s desire to continue on his career of being an athletic trainer.
Danny 's responsibilities include coordinating and facilitating the medical staff for yearly physicals examinations. He also manages and oversees the ordering of all training room supplies, heads new product research and is the point person for all outside vendors. Long also assists in organizing and acquiring all medical history for both new and current players, including free agent and college prospects at the Combine.
For athletic training students looking to further their careers in athletic training Danny's advice is... "to be innovative, as technology is always evolving; make sure you stay open and on the cutting edge of what’s new. Listen to new ideas and try to make it applicable to your daily treatment and rehab plans. Plan your work and work your plan. Be involved and active with your local athletic training organizations and clubs. Work on good networking with your fellow ATC’s. Lastly hard work and effort always wins.
In his free time, Long is a big fan of golfing.