AT Spotlight - Rebecca DiFrancesco

As part of National Athletic Training Month, the ATSNJ wanted to "spotlight" individuals within our membership who work in different settings. We asked certain individuals to answer a few questions about themselves in order to get a glimpse of who they are as both people and professionals. Today we are "spotlighting" Rebecca DiFrancesco. The answers she provided are below:
 
Question:  When did you decide you wanted to be an AT?
Answer:  I decided that I wanted to become an ATC when I was a junior in high school. I choose it because it allowed me to combine two things that I am passionate about which is helping people and being around sports. 
 
Question:  How long have you been a Certified Athletic Trainer?
Answer:  I have been certified for almost 3 years.   I graduated from Montclair State University in May of 2014.  I became certified and licensed about a month later in June of 2014.
 
Question:  Where are you currently employed and how long have you been employed there?
Answer:  I currently work as an ATC in the industrial setting.  I am employed by Amazon.com, and work in one of their warehouses in Carteret NJ.  I have been with Amazon.com for six months. 
 
Question:  What is your favorite part(s) of your AT setting?
Answer:  What I love about my setting and what makes it unique is I really focus on the injury prevention side of Athletic Training.  If there is a certain process path in the warehouse where a lot of people are getting hurt it is my job to evaluate the ergonomics of that path.  From there based on my findings I engineer a solution to reduce the amount of injuries in that area.  I also truly enjoy providing quality healthcare to injured associates to make them more comfortable during their work day.
 
Question:  What is your favorite place you have seen?
Answer:  One of the coolest places I have seen is Papakolea Beach in Hawaii.  It is one of only 4 beaches in the world that have green sand.
 
Question:  What is your favorite movie? Give us a quote!
Answer:  Being a Notre Dame fan, one of my favorite movies is “Rudy.”  This is one of my favorite quotes from Rudy himself, “Focus on your dream and never quit. It is always too soon to quit. If you quit, you can't succeed. By achieving your dream you will be an inspiration to others. You will set the example and make an enormous impact on the world.”
 
The ATSNJ would like to thank Rebecca for taking the time to answer the questionnaire. We take pride in all of our membership. For additional informtion on the ATSNJ, please visit us on all of our social media platforms. You can find the ATSNJ on Facebook (@NJSportSafety), on Twitter (@NJSportSafety) and on Instagram (atsnj).