Junior, Johnson, is one of first two females to work with Detroit Lions football athletic training staff
Brandi Johnson, native of Paulina, La., is a senior in her third clinical year of the LSU Athletic Training (AT) Program. She spent her summer interning for the Detroit Lions. It was her first NFL internship, and she was one of the first two females to every work with the Detroit Lions football athletic training staff.
“Out of the four summer interns, myself and another girl were the first two girls to ever get an athletic training summer internship with the team,” Johnson said. “That was really exciting finding out - even the players and coaches couldn't believe it. The entire team welcomed us into their tight-knit football family with open arms.”
Johnson shares how her experience in the LSU Athletic Training Program prepared her for this internship, saying, “There were modalities or just things in general that I knew how to operate because of what LSU taught me. How the Lion’s ran practice was pretty much how we did it at LSU football. The curriculum at LSU also prepared me for my internship. Working with a staff and other students on a daily basis also helped, because in athletic training you have to know how to work well with others.”
Each intern, six total, was assigned to a different position group each week.
“We worked closely with every single player on the team,” Johnson said. She did daily treatments and rehabilitations, as well as all the field set up for practices and games. Her favorite aspect of her summer internship was getting to learn from some of the best certified athletic trainers in the NFL.
“Working with such great people and players really boosted my confidence going into my senior year orf college,” Johnson said. “Hearing each certified AT’s journey of how they got where they are today and learning from them really opened my eyes to my potential.”
Her dream job is to work at an Olympic training center, and eventually work at the Olympic Games. She has worked for LSU football, the University Laboratory School, and LSU beach volleyball.
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