Athletic Trainer: David Mocklin

Abby Alonzo, Staff Member

Mount Carmel Academy’s entire athletic program is known statewide for being elite, and this is all credited to its superb athletes. Yes, the athletes are credited with the formation of this excellent reputation, but there are many more people working behind the scenes to help these athletes to prosper. These people consist of coaches, managers, fans, and even the athletic trainer.

David Mocklin, MCA’s very own athletic trainer, has his hands full with Cubs’ athletics. From cross country meets to volleyball practices to soccer games, “Mock”, as the girls call him, seems to be everywhere at once.

“Mocklin is always there to help,” remarks soccer player Nancy Lopez.“He was there to help me when I tore my ACL a year ago and he is still there to help me get back to soccer.”

Mocklin has worked with the Cubs for 18 years and counting. He has witnessed victories that went against all odds and the unforgettable feeling of unexpected losses; he has helped to develop some of the best athletes to pass through the halls of MCA. Mount Carmel is not his only responsibility though.

For the past 20 years, Mock has worked for Tulane Sports Medicine. Through his job he has gotten to experience many things that most people can only dream of doing.

I have gotten the opportunity to work with MLB baseball players and umpires, NBA players, NFL prospects training for the combine , and boxing heavyweight champions Riddick Bowe and Roy Jones Jr.,” Mocklin said. “I was also featured on ESPN in the rehab of [Major League Baseball player] Brett Butler coming back from throat cancer, participated in NBA All-Star game activities, worked a tennis match with Serena and Venus Williams, worked as Certified Athletic Trainer for the New Orleans Brass Hockey Club, and was the Medical Director for the New Orleans Bowl.”

Mocklin chose his profession because of his love for anatomy and physiology. He was always interested in how the human body works and wanted to learn as much as he could about it. But the primary reason he chose to be an athletic trainer is because of his love for sports.His advice to all of those looking for their own dream jobs is to “find something that you love and work hard towards it.”