Jeffrey Rudy: Training the Trainers at Nebraska
Athletic training students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln get hands-on training in a variety of athletes in world-class facilities. In this edition of Faculty 101, we go inside a at Memorial Stadium and meet Jeff Rudy, director of Athletic Training Education. Show notes: learn more about the athletic training program ›› http://ow.ly/dSQ450wNYNR
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[00:00:02.750]Walk inside the Osborne Athletic Complex
[00:00:05.250]on the north side of Memorial Stadium.
[00:00:07.638](gym members murmuring)
[00:00:09.020]Passed the strength complex
[00:00:10.600]and the display cases filled with trophies.
[00:00:15.100]Passed a beautiful waterfall
[00:00:16.680]cascading down one wall of the lobby.
[00:00:20.180]Go way to the back and through the door
[00:00:22.340]and you're inside the Nebraska Athletic Medicine Facility.
[00:00:29.210]That's where you'll find Krista Gibson,
[00:00:31.370]a senior athletic training major.
[00:00:33.550]She looks like she could be an athlete herself,
[00:00:36.150]healthy and fit, dressed in Nebraska gear,
[00:00:38.928]long hair pulled back in a ponytail.
[00:00:42.080]Krista just finished a rehabilitation session
[00:00:44.550]with a Nebraska baseball player.
[00:00:46.450]She kneels on the red treatment table
[00:00:48.450]and lifts the athlete's leg up and onto her shoulder,
[00:00:51.890]pressing the leg in.
[00:00:54.040]I'm just doing a general hamstring stretch,
[00:00:56.522]just after our rehab.
[00:00:59.460]And gonna get the high hamstring
[00:01:02.180]'cause that's where he's feeling a lot of tightness.
[00:01:04.840]Athletic training majors participate
[00:01:06.770]in a variety of clinical experiences
[00:01:09.030]throughout their four year program.
[00:01:10.879]At Nebraska, Krista has access to the latest tools.
[00:01:15.240]UNL is obviously a part of the Big 10,
[00:01:19.144]we have amazing modalities and equipment
[00:01:23.019]that I'm exposed to.
[00:01:25.750]You can see the machines just around here,
[00:01:27.982]I know how to use those, which is awesome.
[00:01:31.080]I can use those on athletes.
[00:01:33.100]Nebraska is an amazing place to be,
[00:01:35.290]we offer a lot of our student athletes
[00:01:38.660]and then we get to see the benefits of that, too,
[00:01:40.930]as athletic training students.
[00:01:42.950]There is no place like Nebraska, is there?
[00:01:46.333]That's Jeff Rudy, Director of Athletic Training Education.
[00:01:49.364]His program benefits from the bells and whistles
[00:01:52.055]you find at this Division I school,
[00:01:54.980]from equipment to research facilities.
[00:01:57.590]Like the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab
[00:01:59.980]and The Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior,
[00:02:02.163]both located in Memorial Stadium.
[00:02:05.150]Having traveled around, I'm gonna guess
[00:02:07.220]there's maybe 20, 25 places in the country
[00:02:09.340]that have the facility that we have.
[00:02:11.700]When you throw in the two research facilities
[00:02:13.670]that we have up in NAPL and the CB3,
[00:02:16.830]you're down to a list of two or three places
[00:02:19.010]in the country that have what we have.
[00:02:20.820]So, it's special here because we've got
[00:02:23.600]better toys than other places.
[00:02:25.890]But toys are only good if you got good playmates.
[00:02:29.410]Coming up, learn what makes
[00:02:31.100]a top notch athletic training program.
[00:02:33.236]And find out Jeff Rudy's eights words for better health.
[00:02:37.830]That's this edition of Faculty 101.
[00:02:41.833]Okay, you should switch partners now.
[00:02:42.960]To be able to inspire young people.
[00:02:46.320]Today's your final.
[00:02:47.300]It's really rewarding.
[00:02:48.440]I love the students.
[00:02:50.099]Welcome to Faculty 101,
[00:02:52.650]life hacks and success stories from Nebraska faculty.
[00:02:58.920]First up, orientation.
[00:03:01.410]Who is Jeff Rudy?
[00:03:03.520]Okay, when we do that
[00:03:05.110]a couple of things are happening here.
[00:03:06.840]First of all, he's activating quadriceps.
[00:03:08.970]When you activate quadriceps--
[00:03:10.790]A classroom of sophomore athletic training students
[00:03:13.370]watches Doctor Rudy demonstrate
[00:03:14.989]active range of motion stretching.
[00:03:17.326]Anyone combine the neurological stretch
[00:03:20.770]to be uncomfortable?
[00:03:22.720]Doctor Rudy has spent more than 20 years
[00:03:25.280]in the UNL classroom helping prepare students
[00:03:28.180]for jobs in athletic training.
[00:03:33.420]From the NFL to college and high school sports,
[00:03:36.700]athletic trainers are far more than
[00:03:39.100]the person who tapes an athlete's ankle.
[00:03:41.600]What athletic training is, it's a health career
[00:03:44.010]centered on the prevention, evaluation,
[00:03:47.470]treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries
[00:03:49.924]and illnesses as well.
[00:03:52.250]So, most of my students, what they're looking for
[00:03:54.160]is a career that they want to go out
[00:03:55.820]and help athletes get healthy and stay healthy.
[00:03:59.169]And when they do have those unfortunate injuries
[00:04:02.408]and illnesses, to help get them back
[00:04:04.530]on the court and field as quickly as they possibly can.
[00:04:10.460]Along the way, Doctor Rudy and his team
[00:04:12.560]get to watch students grow and thrive.
[00:04:16.620]I literally see these kids at 8:30 on Monday,
[00:04:21.070]their first day of school.
[00:04:23.310]And then I literally see them the moment
[00:04:26.400]they get their diploma.
[00:04:28.380]It's just seeing that change
[00:04:32.330]is what keeps me coming back day after day.
[00:04:35.110]I love seeing the
[00:04:38.517]just that blossoming of these kids
[00:04:40.810]and it's not even just professionally the difference in them
[00:04:44.588]and that increase in knowledge, and skills, and abilities.
[00:04:48.460]It's the change in them as people,
[00:04:50.460]it's just amazing to be apart of that.
[00:04:52.319]I always, I sometimes get to write
[00:04:56.200]just a line or two in someone's biography.
[00:04:59.130]That's why I keep coming back,
[00:05:00.500]I just absolutely love that part of it.
[00:05:11.540]Time for office hours.
[00:05:12.910]How did Doctor Rudy get here?
[00:05:20.310]If it weren't for a broken heart and his mother,
[00:05:23.260]Jeff Rudy might never had made it to Nebraska.
[00:05:26.680]He grew up in Pennsylvania,
[00:05:28.350]earned bachelor's and master's degrees
[00:05:30.163]at the University of Pittsburgh
[00:05:32.500]and started a career in athletic training.
[00:05:34.820]After I finished up at Pittsburgh,
[00:05:37.060]long story, involving a lot of broken hearts
[00:05:40.300]and a bad relationship, my mother told me to move,
[00:05:43.530]I needed to get as far away as I could
[00:05:45.275]from my current situation.
[00:05:47.333]So I ended up at Kansas State.
[00:05:49.210]While at K State, he has the opportunity to teach.
[00:05:52.183]He admits his classroom debut was not inspiring,
[00:05:56.080]he relied heavily on notes, an overhead projector,
[00:06:00.020]and very little connection with students, until...
[00:06:03.880]One day I went in to print my notes out and my,
[00:06:05.980]do your remember those big,
[00:06:07.140]five and half, quarter inch discs?
[00:06:09.150]It crashed and I couldn't read my notes
[00:06:11.140]and I was panic stricken because, oh my goodness,
[00:06:14.030]I don't know what I'm gonna read in class.
[00:06:16.140]So, I, you know what, first of all, you know the material,
[00:06:20.650]you just went through it last night,
[00:06:22.260]you don't need the notes.
[00:06:23.630]I went to class that day, I looked up,
[00:06:26.671]and it made all the difference in the world.
[00:06:30.370]Once I started connecting with the students,
[00:06:33.330]it was like the mother ship had landed,
[00:06:35.410]the heavens had opened up,
[00:06:36.990]and it was just this moment of clarity
[00:06:39.255]that I was supposed to be a college instructor.
[00:06:45.820]Up next, lab work, what makes an excellent
[00:06:48.900]athletic training program?
[00:06:50.460]This is actually gonna be kind of combining
[00:06:52.893]the active stretch along with the passive stretch.
[00:06:56.383]Athletic training at Nebraska
[00:06:58.990]involves a rigorous academic program.
[00:07:01.110]But just as important are the clinical experiences
[00:07:04.194]that bring classroom learning to life.
[00:07:07.260]Freshmen start out with guided observation.
[00:07:10.260]As students move through the program,
[00:07:12.170]they rotate through a variety of sports and athletes.
[00:07:15.256]Doctor Rudy's goal is to make sure
[00:07:17.470]students find a career that fits their
[00:07:19.580]individual needs and tastes.
[00:07:22.140]Most of them have a favorite sport
[00:07:24.280]or they dream about working with
[00:07:26.460]a particular set of athletes.
[00:07:28.259]Athletic training, we have to be prepared to work
[00:07:31.730]with all kinds of athletes and all kinds of sports
[00:07:35.760]and all kinds of different injuries.
[00:07:37.470]There's a difference between boys and girls,
[00:07:39.064]there's a difference between working with a team sport
[00:07:42.130]like football and an individual sport like swimming.
[00:07:45.920]There's a different in the injury patterns
[00:07:47.750]that we would get from baseball
[00:07:49.550]as opposed to track and field.
[00:07:51.350]So what our clinical experience is meant to do
[00:07:53.550]is give those kids as many different kinds of experiences
[00:07:58.278]as broad of a scope as they possibly can.
[00:08:01.560]As sophomores, it's generally
[00:08:02.900]four different clinical experiences.
[00:08:04.500]Junior year it's another clinical experience.
[00:08:07.420]And then the senior year, we're hoping that
[00:08:09.320]they're getting a little bit more autonomy
[00:08:11.940]that they can spread their wings and do more,
[00:08:13.840]they've got more tools in the tool kit.
[00:08:15.300]And we try to give them opportunities
[00:08:17.050]where they get to work,
[00:08:18.569]get to apply what they've learned so far in the program.
[00:08:23.410]Krista says clinical experiences
[00:08:25.680]enrich classroom learning.
[00:08:27.708]I'm very blessed to be able to apply my class knowledge
[00:08:31.630]to a clinical setting.
[00:08:33.250]The certified athletic trainers are working with us,
[00:08:36.721]using our classroom knowledge,
[00:08:38.470]because they know what classes we're in.
[00:08:40.320]So they're like, oh, you've just learned this
[00:08:42.032]let's try it on an athlete.
[00:08:43.910]And it's just an amazing way for us to practice our skills
[00:08:47.080]and to learn even more.
[00:08:48.392]The program, like the career field,
[00:08:50.890]has changed over the years.
[00:08:52.530]There are more women in athletic training
[00:08:54.540]and more accreditation requirements.
[00:08:57.550]The university is developing a master's degree program
[00:09:00.443]and athletic training graduates
[00:09:02.510]are finding jobs all over the country
[00:09:04.930]in both traditional and non-traditional capacities.
[00:09:08.112]I've got students that are working,
[00:09:10.230]a couple that are working in the NFL,
[00:09:12.265]major universities, a good number of them
[00:09:15.890]that have gone onto physical therapy school.
[00:09:18.234]A good number that have gone onto PA school,
[00:09:21.270]I've got one of my students
[00:09:22.770]who's on the transplant team at Stanford.
[00:09:25.840]I've got kids that are working in joint replacement centers.
[00:09:29.360]I've got kids that are working for NASA.
[00:09:32.430]I've got kids that are working
[00:09:33.700]in Navy Seal reconditioning programs.
[00:09:37.040]Most of them, the biggest number of them,
[00:09:40.343]are kids that are working at high schools,
[00:09:42.760]clinics, and small colleges.
[00:09:44.810]Nebraska's strong athletic training program
[00:09:47.430]benefits from collaboration with athletics.
[00:09:50.290]In a lot of intuitions,
[00:09:52.138]you have the athletic training education side
[00:09:54.930]and you have the clinical side
[00:09:56.670]and they never, ever meet.
[00:09:59.355]From the time that I started here,
[00:10:01.780]I've been treated as
[00:10:04.320]an adjunct athletic department employee.
[00:10:06.870]They have treated me so well,
[00:10:08.750]there is always that integration
[00:10:11.110]and that respect between what they provide for my students
[00:10:14.630]and what I provide for them through the students.
[00:10:17.310]So that cohesiveness is just really, really special.
[00:10:20.870]The infrastructure we have with physicians,
[00:10:24.120]with physical therapists, with psychologist,
[00:10:27.830]with our nutrition team, with our outside orthopedist,
[00:10:32.120]their generosity back towards the education
[00:10:34.650]of the students also makes us really, really unique.
[00:10:37.540]So, the relationship is probably even more important
[00:10:40.800]than the bells, and whistles, and toys that we have.
[00:10:46.480]Now it's time for a pop quiz.
[00:10:48.540]Random questions, life hacks, and wisdom for all of us.
[00:10:53.920]If Jeff Rudy ever needs a side hustle,
[00:10:56.210]I recommend he write a self-help book.
[00:10:59.370]Or start his own podcast, I'd listen.
[00:11:04.520]He's loaded with practical advice for living
[00:11:07.200]like why you should be a pig,
[00:11:11.050]not a chicken.
[00:11:13.140]One of my favorite sayings
[00:11:14.482]is when you eat bacon and eggs,
[00:11:17.440]the chicken was involved but the pig was deeply committed.
[00:11:21.100]You can't be involved with someone's life,
[00:11:23.550]you have to be committed to someone's life.
[00:11:25.620]You can't just be involved with your career,
[00:11:27.563]you have to be invested in that career.
[00:11:30.770]So, aim to be a pig not a chicken.
[00:11:32.970]What should you eat every day?
[00:11:34.293]Doctor Rudy follows the eight word advice
[00:11:37.090]of author Michael Pollen who says
[00:11:39.077]"Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants."
[00:11:42.580]Here's Jeff Rudy's eight word advice for exercise.
[00:11:46.270]Strength and cardio, break a sweat, have fun.
[00:11:52.270]He runs half marathons, likes to cook,
[00:11:54.870]reads books three at a time,
[00:11:56.733]and relies on a scheduling hack to get things done.
[00:12:01.020]I've developed this habit of living in one hour blocks.
[00:12:06.940]So there's certain things I don't like to do
[00:12:08.610]like paperwork for accreditation
[00:12:10.220]but I have to get it done.
[00:12:11.530]I've got an hour to teach,
[00:12:12.680]I've got an hour to prepare for class,
[00:12:14.461]I have an hour block
[00:12:16.100]that I'm going to do accreditation work.
[00:12:19.110]I like to exercise so I've got a block there.
[00:12:20.988]I'm not rigid where those blocks are
[00:12:23.320]but I always make sure that I've got a block
[00:12:25.443]for the things I like to do
[00:12:27.680]and I've got blocks that I have an hour blocked
[00:12:30.160]for the things I don't like to do
[00:12:31.560]or things that I have to get done,
[00:12:33.320]those kinds of things.
[00:12:34.597]And the key to happiness, relationships.
[00:12:38.010]I do Bible study on Thursday morning at my church.
[00:12:41.340]It's early in the morning, you're grumpy
[00:12:42.990]and you haven't had your coffee yet,
[00:12:44.360]that's the best hour of my week.
[00:12:45.800]Seeing those guys and spending that hour with them,
[00:12:49.663]I have a friend that I have breakfast with
[00:12:52.840]every Tuesday morning, I have for years.
[00:12:55.100]And again, just having those depth of relationships
[00:12:57.799]and having that integration with the people
[00:13:00.201]makes me happy, too.
[00:13:02.472]And now, graduation day and final thoughts.
[00:13:06.660]I'm just moving around this scar
[00:13:09.140]and mobilizing the tissue.
[00:13:10.110]Back at athletic medicine,
[00:13:11.450]Krista massages a surgical scar on a player's elbow.
[00:13:15.600]By next year at this time, she hope to have graduated
[00:13:18.720]and moved onto physical therapy school.
[00:13:21.300]She looks forward to the future
[00:13:23.370]but she'll miss her UNL athletic training family.
[00:13:26.910]We're a pretty tight knit group,
[00:13:28.310]same with the other classes.
[00:13:29.636]We do activities together, we have clubs together.
[00:13:32.415]And mentors, I feel comfortable talking to
[00:13:36.730]any of the certified athletic trainers about anything.
[00:13:39.642]We're basically a big family.
[00:13:42.131](upbeat thoughtful music)
[00:13:44.370]When they leave here, the professional mentors
[00:13:48.450]that they've had along the way,
[00:13:51.000]we are going to be the ones
[00:13:52.250]writing their letters of recommendation,
[00:13:54.040]we're going to be the ones making the phone calls for them.
[00:13:56.760]We're also gonna be the ones
[00:13:57.710]that are invited to their weddings in two or three years
[00:13:59.830]and, you know, that they send us their baby pictures
[00:14:02.993]and things like that.
[00:14:04.430]I think family's a great way to describe it.
[00:14:11.870]That's it for Faculty 101.
[00:14:13.570]In the show notes you'll find a link
[00:14:15.200]to the athletic training program website.
[00:14:19.947]Faculty 101 is produced by
[00:14:22.550]the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:14:28.506]So the moral of the story is, always listen to your mother.
[00:14:30.787]She was not right about everything
[00:14:32.541]but there were a few moments she was actually right.
[00:14:35.247]It's yeah, tell me to get away from that girlfriend.
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