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Shelia Gordon

Head Athletic Trainer, Asst Athletic Director, White Knoll High School


“There are never 2 days alike. It’s different each day.”


 



As the sun rises over the fields of White Knoll High School, Sheila Gordon is already hard at work, ensuring the well-being of the school's athletes. As the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director, Gordon has dedicated her life to the world of sports and medicine. With a career spanning decade, she is a cornerstone of the athletic program, known for her unwavering dedication and compassionate care

Growing up in rural Northeast Georgia, Gordon never imagined she would become a pivotal figure in the world of athletic training. Initially setting her sights on becoming a math teacher, her path took an unexpected turn during her sophomore year of college. It was then that she discovered her passion for athletic training, sparked by a career aptitude test and conversations with professionals in the field.

Gordon's journey led her to the University of Georgia, where she pursued a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, specializing in Athletic Training. Through rigorous coursework and hands-on experience, she obtained her certification, laying the foundation for her illustrious career.




What sets Gordon apart is not just her expertise but her innate ability to form deep connections with those around her. "The relationships you build among students, parents, and coaches," she explains, "are what truly make this profession special. No two days are alike, and that's what keeps it exciting."

Throughout her career, Gordon has held various leadership roles within the athletic training community, demonstrating her commitment to advancing the field. From serving as President of the South Carolina Athletic Training Association to representing her district in national organizations, she has left an indelible mark on the profession. 

Reflecting on her career, Gordon recounts one of the most harrowing experiences she has faced. "Walking into a stadium, I witnessed an older gentleman falling from a crane," she recalls. "Implementing an Emergency Action Plan in such a chaotic situation was challenging, but it reinforced the importance of preparedness and quick thinking."

One individual who has had a profound impact on Gordon's career is Ron Courson, whom she had the privilege of working with during her time at UGA. "I admire him greatly and has influenced my life and career in a very impactful way," she says, reflecting on Courson's mentorship and guidance.

For Gordon, the most rewarding aspect of her job is the sense of camaraderie and support she shares with her fellow athletic trainers and student aides. "We are family, not just coworkers," she emphasizes, underscoring the importance of teamwork and collaboration in her line of work.




In the bustling world of athletic training, where every moment counts, ensuring the privacy and comfort of athletes is paramount. Gordon understands this need all too well. With years of experience under her belt, Gordon knows that protecting her athletes' privacy is not just about physical safety but also about providing a space for emotional moments away from prying eyes.

       


One tool that has revolutionized the way Sheila manages athlete privacy is the SidelinER from Kinematic Company. These innovative solutions provide a means to shield athletes from onlookers while allowing them to receive the care and attention they need. Whether it's a moment of vulnerability after an injury or a private consultation about performance, Kinematic products offer a sanctuary within the bustling atmosphere of sports events.

For Gordon, the ability to take athletes into the SidelinER has been a game-changer. "It's vitally important to me to protect my athletes' privacy," she explains. "I want to allow my athletes and their parents to have an emotional moment without the crowd watching them. It makes them more at ease when I can take them into a tent to protect their privacy."

As she looks towards the future, Gordon is considering new avenues, including the possibility of transitioning into a role as an Athletic Director or exploring other employment opportunities in athletic training. However, her ultimate goal is to travel and see the country, embracing new experiences and adventures along the way.

Sheila Gordon's unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of student-athletes serves as an inspiration to all who have the privilege of working alongside her. As she continues to make a difference in the lives of those she serves, her legacy will undoubtedly endure for years to come.


 

Written by Allison Ragland

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