Yume Nakamura

Year:
2010
Major:
Athletic Training; minor in French
Graduate/Professional School:
M.Sc., Michigan State Univ.
Residence:
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Career:
Athletic Trainer, University of Michigan women's soccer, men's tennis, and women's tennis teams
In a nutshell, what do you do?
Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals. I work closely with athletes to facilitate injury and illness prevention. When they are hurt, I evaluate the injuries, and treat and rehabilitate them accordingly until they are discharged from the injury. We work together with our physicians to get the athletes back to competitions as soon as possible with optimal, efficient, and quality health care.
What are you working on right now?
I started at the University of Michigan in the fall, so I am getting the hang of our athletic-medicine culture. Once things calm down, I’d like to publish a book using the research project I completed for my graduate studies at Michigan State University.
Why do you love what you do?
I love sports. I really enjoy and am intrigued by manual medicine. Like my former tennis coach from Japan and my previous professors at Albion College (kudos to Dr. Moss and Carol Moss), I love helping others and want to make a difference in someone’s life, like they did for me.
How did Albion help you get there?
As a Japanese exchange student in Houston, Texas, my host mother, Emily Beynon (class of 1970), received an alumni newsletter that featured Albion's Athletic Training Education Program. I soon determined that I wanted to be an athletic trainer. I applied to Albion, and met a wonderful group of friends, faculty, and staff. Through the web of Albion connections, I was admitted to one of the nation’s top athletic training graduate schools—and the rest is history.
For me, Albion ...
... allowed me to explore who I am, and I would not be here without the opportunities and experiences the College provided me.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Go Brits!

Take It Further: Yume's Disney Wide World of Sports internship, Athletic Training, Kinesiology, French