BISMARCK, ND - It's that time of year, the Boys of Summer are back at it for another season of Major League Baseball (MLB). To get there, some of the best baseball athletes in the world from the major league and minor leagues toughed it out together for over a month at Spring Training to determine who would make the big league team.
Accompanying those teams were some of the best trainers and sports medicine professionals, helping ensure athletes are ready to go on opening day. Brett Walker, a 2004 Master of Physical Therapy graduate of the University of Mary, just returned from working with the Minnesota Twins at their spring facility in Fort Meyers, FL.
"I am so grateful for the opportunity and feel so blessed to have had the exceptional, world-class training and background throughout my undergraduate and graduate years at the University of Mary," commented Walker, a Montana native, originally from Culburtson, and currently residing in Great Falls. "I worked on the minor league side with the minor league rehab coordinator and athletic trainers. On a daily basis I was responsible for preparing the players for games as well as doing rehab on injured athletes. I then watched baseball games throughout the afternoon and occasionally went over to the major league side when they had a night game. I learned from many athletic trainers who have been working in baseball for a long time. I also attempted to help them with the rehab knowledge that I had gained over the last seven years of practice."
Walker returned home to Great Falls, MT, Tuesday, April 2, to continue working at The Orthopedic Center of Montana and spend time with his wife and 3-year-old daughter. While working, Walker plans to finish his degree in Athletic Training through the University of Mary and someday put his experience to work in Major League Baseball.