Brent Marshall, MS, LAT, ATC, CES, PES, is an athletic trainer and holds a Master of Science degree from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah in athletic training and a Bachelor of Art degree in kinesiology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Brent is currently working on his Doctorate of Education with an emphasis on higher education leadership and innovation from Concordia University. Brent has worked with all levels of athletes including high school, semi-professional, collegiate and professional. During his time at Weber State, Brent was a teaching assistant for courses in the athletic training program, including therapeutic modalities, injury evaluation and injury rehabilitation. His research interests include student learning outcomes from non-traditional classrooms, student study strategies, sport-related concussion and best-practice for professional health care education and allied health professions. Brent’s favorite sports to work with are soccer and baseball. Outside of UWS, Brent enjoys spending time with his wife, their young son and their dogs adventuring around the Pacific Northwest.
At UWS, Brent has taught or co-taught many classes within the sports medicine program, but primarily is an instructor for Practicums, Biostatistics, and aspects of Emergency Management, and Upper and Lower Extremity Advanced Sports Medicine.
Why did you choose to work with athletes?
I chose to work with athletes as I suffered several injuries as a young athlete. At the time, there was really no sports medicine care at the high school level. I discovered sports medicine as a career field and set myself on that path.
What is the most rewarding part of your job at UWS and with the athletic population?
The most rewarding part of my job is working with the diverse nature of athletes from around the Portland area and helping them on a path to recover from injury and illness to allow them to succeed on and off the field.
How do you stand out? How do you make your niche in the field of sports?
I think it’s important for anyone wanting to stand out in the field of sports medicine by first getting a solid formal education in the discipline. Then, finding a way to help those who need care the most and working every chance you get to help. Be a hard worker and be genuine. Remember that you are there to help the athletes succeed and they are your number one priority.
Advice for current students who want to work with athletes?
Find a mentor that you align with. Spend time with them, pick their brain, ask lots of questions. Practice. Be kind and compassionate, always.
How do you think your work aligns with the UWS philosophy on integrating disciplines?
As a licensed athletic trainer, by nature of my formal educational background I bring a different perspective to students who are largely completing their Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and master’s in sports medicine. My viewpoint from a whole other profession shows that sports medicine teams are made up of various professions, each with different skills to bring to the table to treat patients and help them succeed.