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Unsung Heroes

October 31, 2014

Whether it’s extensive rehabilitation or simply taping an ankle, assistant athletic trainer Bob Mead is here to save the day for injured athletes at Monmouth College.

More commonly known as “Deuce,” Mead works alongside head athletic trainer John “Bob” Foster to prevent, evaluate and rehabilitate injuries sustained during athletic events. Between the two, at least one of them is available at every sporting event on campus, whether it is a game or practice.

A native of Edgewood, IA, Mead graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003 with a degree in athletic training. Two years later, he took a position as an assistant athletic trainer at Knox College. Due to a shortage of staff, he was transferred to Monmouth in 2006 where he filled the same position.

Mead says that his favorite thing about his job is “the interaction with the coaches and athletes and getting to see injured athletes getting back on the field.”

He has proven his dedication to getting athletes out of the athletic training room and back to practice and has become respected and appreciated by both the student body and coaching staff.

Aside from his work at the college, Mead also works at Cottage Rehab and Sports Medicine in Monmouth, where he is the athletic trainer. He focuses on the rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries.

While his two jobs keep him extremely busy, in his free time he enjoys working out, lifting weights and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Mead also describes himself as an “outdoor enthusiast.” He loves to hunt, fish, camp and hike.
Besides “winning the lottery and retiring at 35,” he said his future plans are to “continue to work hard and enjoy my time at Monmouth College and eventually start a family.”

He has no plans at this time of leaving Monmouth and hopes to continue his work here as long as he can.

Living by the motto “Carpe Diem,” or “seize the day,” he has learned to live and love every day of his life. He humbly describes his biggest success as every single time he gets a previously injured athlete back on the field.

“Athletic training is a very rewarding experience and I have learned to always be prepared,” Mead said.

Katy Rees
Contributing Writer

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