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Patrick Donovan joined the UIC athletic staff in August of 2003 as an athletic trainer. While at UIC, Donovan has held multiple positions. He has been an outreach assistant athletic trainer, an assistant athletic trainer/rehabilitation coordinator, an associate athletic trainer/rehabilitation coordinator, and acted as the interim head athletic trainer.
He works with coaches, athletes, administration, and parents regarding injuries. Donovan is in charge of developing and implementing prevention and rehabilitation exercises for student-athletes. He is responsible for maintaining an inventory and budget database, supervising interns and coordinating insurance approvals for University of Illinois Campus Care Insurance. In addition, Donovan currently performs duties as Lab Instructor for Kinesiology 331.
Prior to UIC, Donovan was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the Minnesota-Minneapolis from 2001 until 2003. In his time there, Donovan worked with the football team, traveling to all competitions. He performed initial evaluation and treatment of injuries, facilitated doctor's visits and diagnostic testing. He assisted in creating rehabilitation programs for players and maintained injury documentation. Donovan was responsible for the maintenance and repairs of DonJoy knee braces and assisted in the supervision and education of athletic training students and student interns.
From January 1999 to December 2000, Donovan worked as a student athletic trainer at UIC. During this time, Donovan worked primarily with the men's soccer and men's gymnastics team. He was responsible for the initial evaluation and treatment of injuries and designing and implementing rehabilitation protocol. He assisted in the organization of medical coverage for special events including the 2000 Windy City Gymnastic Invitational and the 2000 MCC Men's Soccer Tournament.
Donovan worked with the Schaumburg Flyers Professional Baseball Club in the summers of 1999 and 2000. His duties included performing evaluations of injuries, daily record keeping, assisting in arranging physical examinations for all players and assisting medical staff in preparation for all home games. Donovan was responsible for all pre- and post-game treatments and rehabilitation protocols for the minor league baseball team.
From 1996 to 2000, Donovan attended UIC and received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2000. He went on to get his master's degree in applied kinesiology-sport and exercise science from Minnesota in 2003.