Staff Spotlight: Dan Sabin

Name: Dan Sabin

Age: 26

What motivated you to begin your journey to Athletic Training?

When I was in high school I suffered multiple injuries while competing in athletics. They all unfortunately required several days, even weeks at times, of rehab. This landed me a lot of time to speak with the athletic trainers we had throughout my time in high school. Then I had my big injury, a torn shoulder labrum, which required surgery and lots of rehab and hard work to return from. I worked with my athletic trainer and physical therapist in tandem and asked multiple questions about their professions after becoming intrigued with the healthcare industry after visiting UW-Oshkosh’s Athletic Training Program. After asking questions about what they do on a daily basis, I was certain that going into Athletic Training was for me. The countless hours of performing rehab to mobilize, strengthen and re-gain normal function had helped lead me to a career that I eventually found fulfillment in helping others overcome their own injuries.

What obstacles did you have to overcome?

Initially I had to overcome the fact that I was losing my senior year of high school baseball, which was the sport I chose to continue to play in college. Thankfully the coach that I had committed to had also committed to me and I did not lose my spot on the team. After understanding the situation I was in, the next hardest thing to deal with was the fact I had little to no use of my arm for months and even when I got to use it again, it took an incredibly long time to get back to a normal lifestyle. 

How has your life changed?

After going through that surgery, I would say that my life had definitely changed for the better, as I had never really gone through an obstacle such as that. This has helped me us that once obstacle as a tool to now better relate to my patients to empathize with them in the hard times of coming to grips with an injury that they may be out for a few weeks or even a whole season with. It has also given me a greater appreciation for the hard work that these patients go through because I have been on the other side of that.

What advice would you give to help others?

Always give your patient’s your best effort and the most positive attitude you can muster. Coming in to work with you might be one of the few bright spots in their day while they are battling this injury.