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Tyler Otto

Meet Tyler Otto, a first-year (A1) student of the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program.

Name: Tyler Otto
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Degree program: MAT
Graduation year: 2025

Why do you want to pursue a career in athletic training?

I want to pursue a career in athletic training to bridge a gap that I have seen and experienced between AT's and athletes. I have had great AT's and not so great AT's. In light of that, I think there has been a large disconnect in reference to the fact that an AT is actually there to help an athlete not just rule them out of the contest. Additionally, I want to inform more of the general public/athletic world about the value of an AT and what an AT actually does. 

Why did you choose Drake's MAT program?

Although Drake's AT program is new in reference to others around the country, and I looked everywhere, I just did not see a level of investment made by any University like the investment I saw Drake making in their AT department. From facilities, to resources, to educational tools, nothing really compared. And I was actually shocked at how little other programs invested in their AT programs that have been around for decades. Additionally, I made a connection with the faculty right away. I felt as if this faculty both believed in me without ever meeting me in person and actually wanted to know who I was outside of education.

What area of athletic training would you like to work in most?

As of right now, I want to work in a college setting primarily. However, keeping an open mind to your path going askew is the only thing I've learned to be constant in life. With that, I am interested in any and all settings in reference to athletics.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The power to teleport would be pretty sweet. A close second/third would be flying and superhuman strength. Just the ability to be able to go wherever you want whenever you want to do so would really take "finding time" out of the "I want to travel and see the world" situation.

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