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Brian Milnarich, LAT

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Brian Milnarich, MBA, LAT, is a licensed athletic trainer at Affinity Health System. Brian specializes in the prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports medicine injuries. He has worked with athletes in youth sports, high school, college and professional rankings. Brian is specially trained in the evaluation of gait analysis and has worked with local runners and exercise enthusiasts throughout the Fox Valley for the past twelve years. Brian received his degree in Athletic Training and Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I am a father of five kids, all between 20 months to twelve years old. My hobbies are centered around family fun activities. We love to camp, go on canoe trips, take bike rides and play at the park. I also love taking my kids to college and professional sport events. We are all fans of the Stevens Point hockey team - GO POINTERS!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love watching the emotional high an athlete gets when they get a chance to return from an injury. When I work with an athlete and his/her family to overcome injury related obstacles, being able to watch them work through the process and return to something they love doing is a fantastic feeling.

Where did you grow up/where is your family from?

I grew up in south Detroit and still hold onto my Michigan roots. My family moved to Wisconsin and I lived in Racine for many years before hopping back across the pond (Lake Michigan) to live in Kalamazoo, Mich. I settled in Appleton and have been here for the past 12 years. I love living in the Fox Valley and don't plan to move again.

What is the hottest trend in your industry?

Concussions are dominating the headlines lately. The end results of concussions are impossible to ignore, but the latest topic being discussed is prevention. The National Athletic Trainer's Association is leading the charge and working with many other associations on how to limit contact and lessen the likelihood of a concussion happening. I think we will see some big changes proposed within the next two to three years involving contact and collision sports, especially in our youth environments.

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