Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society and the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation honored the Buffalo Bills Football training staff as the 2007 NFL Athletic Training Staff of the year. Today, HHP alumnus, Shone Gipson, is in his 9th season as an assistant athletic trainer for the New York-based football club.
As a certified and licensed athletic trainer, he works under the direction of the head trainer, supervising the care of their professional athletes in the NFL. He is responsible for the prevention, evalua- tion, management and rehabilitation of injuries with the organization’s sports medicine department.
Gipson is from Bay City, Texas and re- ceived his bachelor’s degree in kinesiol- ogy from UH in 1999. During his time in HHP, he received the Professional Foot- ball Athletic Trainers Society Ethnic Minority Scholarship and the Barry C. Pelton Scholarship for outstanding work in kinesiology.
In 2002, he earned his master’s degree in secondary education from Stephen F. Austin State University, and interned with the Washington Redskins, the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills.
While attending Bay City High School, Gipson was a student athletic trainer, and soon realized this was what he wanted as a career. Mike O’Shea, the head athletic trainer at UH, introduced him to HHP Professor Joel Bloom who recommended the field of kinesiology. “It was a subject matter that truly intrigued me, and one that has shaped my career,” he said.
Gipson believes the high standards of academics and practical experiences he received from HHP professors prepared him for the position he now holds. He says, “They were genuine, fair, and went the extra mile to help me succeed in my undergraduate education. Their guidance was invaluable to me as a young profes- sional. I can truly say I have the position I’ve always dreamed of having because of the University of Houston.”
His dreams do not stop there; one day he would like to be a head athletic trainer in the NFL undergraduate education. Their guidance was invaluable to me as a young professional. I can truly say I have the position I’ve always dreamed of having because of the University of Houston.”