Jason McWilliams is a certified athletic trainer with a variety of experiences and volunteerism. The professional journey began when Jason became certified as an athletic trainer in 1994. He stumbled upon his career, never knowing anything about athletic training, until he attended his entry level athletic training class at Eastern Illinois University, which is where he obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training. The following year he attended the University of Illinois where he received my Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. Jason then worked for six years as a secondary school athletic trainer.
In 2000, Jason moved to Colorado and was lucky to get a job as a clinical athletic trainer at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver, which was a privately owned sports medicine clinic. He spent 16 years working with a great team of physicians, physician assistants, and physical therapists. He followed the same group to UCHealth in 2016. In 2020, he took on the role of Supervisor of Athletic Training for the Cherry Creek School District and manage those UCHealth employees who cover the 10,000 athletes in the district.
In his time in the clinic he was able to work with hundreds of patients and athletes including those from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and several Olympic athletes. Jason was able to use his connections with the clinic to assist the Denver Broncos as a game day athletic trainer for three seasons (2005-2007). He also began work in 2004 with the Colorado Rockies, where he still helps with rehabilitation and consulting on injured players in the system throughout the year and assist the staff in spring training. In 2018, Jason took the opportunity to begin working with the National Football League as a concussion spotter.
In 2010, Jason began to expand his “work vacations” by joining Medicine in Motion as an athletic trainer providing medical event coverage. He has been fortunate to cover many “non-traditional” event such as the TransRockies Run, USA BMX Supercross Series, and Rocky Mountain Rampage Skateboard event. Jason has been involved with the X Games, the ultimate in action sports events, in Winter and Summer for over a decade and have been involved with over 25 of these specific events including covering X Games in China and Brazil.
Jason has always had a strong ambition to help the profession by volunteering in many capacities. He has volunteered as a National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification examiner, as part of the Board of Certification PA 8 committee, and a preceptor for the Metro State University of Denver athletic training program. In 2005, Jason began to volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association (RMATA) as the Exhibit Coordinator for the Annual Clinical Symposium (ACS) and worked in that role for seven years prior to becoming the Assistant ACS Coordinator. He has also worked with the RMATA on the Honors and Awards Committee in the Special Recognition portion since 2001. At the state level Jason has been in several positions with the Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA). He was elected as a Member at Large in 2010 and has served two terms as Vice-President of the CATA, including a term where CATA obtained licensure for athletic trainers. He has also served the CATA, volunteering with the corporate sponsorship and ACS committees.
Jason credits his success to being surrounded by a great network of professional colleagues, coworkers, and mentors. He has built his professional life by taking bits and pieces from these people and creating his own philosophy and style. He couldn’t have had his career without the help of his wife Nancy and his two boys, Eli and Owen. They have been instrumental in giving him support.