Anderson, Indiana

Adam Crosby returns to his alma mater

Fri, 2012-01-27 16:47 -- prpljim
January 5, 2012

Adam Crosby left high school looking for a university capable of offering him opportunities to continue playing basketball competitively, to follow his passion of athletic training within the confines of a strong program, and to experience his college years in a Christian environment. He found all three at Anderson University.

crosbyCrosby thrived at AU from 2004 until his graduation in the spring of 2008, when he earned a degree in athletic training. After he crossed the stage and received the diploma for which he worked relentlessly, Crosby turned his attentions to graduate school. He attended Ball State University, where he earned a master’s degree in sport performance.

Crosby worked as an athletic trainer for a high school in Chicago for a year, but his goal was to work in a university setting. It wasn’t long before he received a call from Steve “Doc” Risinger, director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer at AU.

“Doc called me up in July and he told me to come back and interview for an opening in the athletic training department,” Crosby said. “We had a great relationship when I was a student. He had a lot to teach and I asked a lot of questions. He appreciated that.”

Crosby got the job as the new assistant athletic trainer and served as the head athletic trainer for both the men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams.

But the season was not without difficulty for him. He returned home to Anderson late one night after a road game and went to bed with a headache.

“It was just a headache,” Crosby said. “I really didn’t think anything of it.” Crosby woke up barely an hour later with severe nausea, and the headache had intensified. Unable to get back to sleep as a result of the sickness that had suddenly overtaken him, Crosby rushed to the hospital. “They thought it was just a bad flu at first, but then they did an MRI and a CT scan and that’s when they found it,” Crosby said.

The doctors found a tumor the size of a golf ball pressing up against the young athletic trainer’s pituitary gland. “It stroked,” Crosby said. “The tumor did, not me. But when it did, that’s what caused all the symptoms.” After spending four days in an Indianapolis hospital and enduring a series of tests and medications, Crosby returned home. With the help of rest and medication the tumor is now shrinking. “It’s not life-threatening,” Crosby said, “but it is life-changing.”

“AU was great to me the whole time,” Crosby said. “Everybody helped out and covered my classes and teams. There were no pressures at all to rush back.” But he couldn’t wait to return to work. “It’s a great environment,” Crosby said. “It’s a Christian environment. The facilities are top-notch. It’s everything you want in one place.”

Crosby returned to the training room around Christmas break. He loved working with the soccer team, interacting with the student-athletes and the laid-back atmosphere of the athletic training facilities. For the spring semester, Crosby will serve as the head trainer for the AU men’s baseball team.

“I love this place,” Crosby said. “It really just doesn’t feel like work.”

— Kyle Beckman is a senior from Auburn, Ind., majoring in communication arts and business/information systems and minoring in political science. Beckman is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™
, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America’s top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.