Athletic trainer Brown turns passion for sports into career

Written By Dara Collins, Co-Sports Editor

Swimming, track and field, volleyball and tennis. Name a sport, and Adam Brown more than likely participated recreationally or as part of an organized sport.

As a lifelong athlete, Brown knew what he wanted to do following graduation.

“Knowing I wasn’t money hungry, I didn’t really care about being in business, which that’s definitely not a bad thing,” Brown said. “I just wanted to interact with people.”

Specifically, Brown enjoyed interacting with athletes.

“I like talking with athletes and helping them get back on the field so I decided that was my major and what I wanted to do,” Brown said.

Brown, an Ohio native, graduated from Baldwin Wallace in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science before entering an entry level master’s program at Shenandoah University.

“For the first two years [of undergrad], I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” Brown said. “Physical therapy, physician. I knew something health-related because my background of helping people and getting involved in the health field.”

As Brown considered culinary, engineering and medical careers in high school, Brown looked to his high school and college coaches when athletic training peaked his interest.

“It’s not as vigorous and as school-oriented as a physician,” Brown said.

After graduating from Shenandoah in 2012, Brown came to Point Park where he has been for five years. He expressed his love for interacting with the young individuals who want to get back on the field.

“Rehab, that’s my forte I guess,” Brown said. “I love shoulders. I love working with shoulder injuries because it’s kind of a harder one to deal with. Fitting a rehab program with the athletes is really fun, so I always look up new and modified rehab techniques.”

Fellow athletic trainer Whitney Rowley utilizes Brown’s talent in her own work.

“He likes teaching things so if there’s something that I don’t know as well and he knows well like shoulder rehabs, he’s really eager to tell me about it and teach me about it,” Rowley said.

Rowley appreciates Brown’s knowledge as well as his bubbly personality.

“He’s always really excited about things and 99 percent of the time he’s in a good mood,” Rowley said. “Even if something is going wrong he’s still positive.”

When Brown is out of the office, he enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis, skiing and competing in marathons and triathlons.

Brown trains for a full year to compete in a Full Iron Man triathlon, which took him about 15 hours and 46 minutes to complete.

“It’s a 2.4 mile open swim, so it’s a good like hour swim getting kicked in the face, getting people crawling on you and punching you and stuff,” Brown said. “It’s so much fun. Then you hop on a bike for six to seven hours of biking and then run a full marathon which took about five hours.”

Brown’s greatest accomplishment:

“And I didn’t die,” Brown said.

Brown recently started playing volleyball and sits on the board of Steel City Volleyball League.

“A lot of great people,” Brown said. “All my best friends are from there.”

Brown also praised the great athletes and coworkers at Point Park and the city they reside in.

“I’m originally from the Cleveland area so it’s similar, but there’s a lot more to do here and just not a boring day goes by,” Brown said. “There are several museums, the Point is really pretty, good bands come here, the atmosphere is the biggest part about being here.”

Although Brown enjoys his current career, he considers training at a high school later in life.