Editor’s note: This week we are continuing a feature called Q&A. Through this feature we hope to help you get to know your neighbors, government officials and others in the community. Today we feature Jay Phillips, a trainer with Memphis Orthopaedic Group, a division of MSK Group, P.C., lives in Atoka and serves as a trainer at Tipton County schools athletic events. Phillips worked as a training intern for the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I have always wanted to work in football. My first memory is being with my dad at a high school football game. I just remember feeling I was born to be somewhere in sports.
Q: What person had the biggest influence on you growing up and why?
A: I would have to say that my parents have had the biggest influence on me. The Phillips adopted me when I was very young. Their home was the only foster home I ever lived in. Their love and encouragement gave me the desire to work hard and to not be satisfied with anything but my best.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Spare time? I don’t know what that is. I spend the majority of my time providing sports medicine outreach services to students in Tipton and Lauderdale counties. I work closely with the school, principals, athletics directors, coaches, parents and physicians at Memphis Orthopaedic Group. When I do have down time, I am with my family. There is nothing more important to me than my time with them.
Q: Tell us what all your job entails.
A: I work with coaches to assess injured athletes and aid in the facilitation and coordination of getting the injured athletes the medical care and rehabilitation they need should an injury occur. I provide weekly injury reports to coaches, so they are aware of who is able to play and who is out of the game. I work primarily with Dr. Kevin E. Coates (an MOG physician) to provide these services to the student-athletes of this area. Along with Dr. Coates, I conduct presentations to students and athletes about proper injury prevention, proper care of injuries, proper hydration, and most importantly proper nutrition. I also work with the area HOSA programs instructing students interested in learning about sports medicine. I have worked specifically with two students that were able to go to the West Tennessee regional competition at Union University this past winter. I am very proud to say that they came in third and fourth, respectively. I know, not first or second ... It will happen. I am actively involved in the creation, promotion and planning of a health expo MOG is coordinating for Tipton and Lauderdale counties. Memphis Orthopaedic Group and myself feel it is important to give back to the schools and community and this event is the perfect way to do this. Memphis Orthopaedic Group will host the first annual Health and Injury Prevention Expo on Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 am to 5 p.m. at Brighton High School. The event is being sponsored by DepuySynthesMitek Sports Medicine, a leader in orthopaedic sports medicine and a part of the DePuySynthes companies of Johnson & Johnson, as well as Safe Kids Worldwide, and Methodist Healthcare North Hospital. Medical specialists will be on-site to provide sports physicals and educate participants about common over-training injuries, proper stretching and injury prevention techniques, nutrition, hydration, concussions, recognizing cyber bullying and other health topics. Students, family members and friends are invited to participate in a day of fun and learning at the expo featuring, food, entertainment, giveaways and educational breakout sessions. This event is something I am very excited to be a part of, and promotions for the event will be going out soon, so be on the look out for the details.
Q: What's it been like getting to know the student-athletes, teachers and administrators in Tipton County?
A: It has been a joy! I really enjoy working with people who truly care about what they are doing and helping young people reach attainable goals. It is exciting for me to see how the entire community rallies around these student athletes and wants them all to succeed. I am glad that I can provide the much-needed athletic training services to this area and work with coaches who want the best possible care for their athletes.
- Jeff Ireland