A normal night on the job for Doctor Megan Meier as a team physician for Putnam City North High School Football.
“Basically, anything the players need, I’m here on the sidelines to evaluate them and make sure that they’re ok to get back in the game, or to determine if we need to do something further.”
On one Friday early this season, Meier was caught in double duty.
“The photo was basically of my daughter and I, we were out at a football game at Putnam City North, it was the first game of the year, and basically I didn’t have childcare at the last minute.”
“Had to figure out how to manage a three year old on the sideline, so while she sometimes will sit like this, usually it’s up and down, so we had an old baby carrier, I put her on my back and when I needed to see an athlete, that’s where she would stay.
A working mom in action, something so many can relate to.
“I think a lot of people could look at it and think ‘oh how stressful on that mom,’ but for me it’s such a privilege to get to be on the sidelines as a sports physician, which for me, I trained for 12 years to get the opportunity to do. It’s a privilege to have my daughter with me and to be pregnant with another daughter. To me I see that photo and I think of so much joy.”
With the Panthers on yet another Friday night, five days overdue, Meier had mild contractions during the game. She gave birth to her second daughter the next morning. As for her band of boys, the doc didn’t skip a beat, back on the sidelines with Kate and baby Calla the very next Thursday.
Senior Cameron Gulley can attest to the magic of Meier. “Working with her has been great, she’s helped me get my shoulder back, and back where I can play. I was supposed to be out 4-6 weeks. She got me back in a week. Really blessed, I love her, she really helped me out my senior year. Ya she’s a super mom. Super mom for real ya. ”
“You know I think my message is just go for it. I obviously am working in a very male dominated industry, there will be hurdles, there will be people who second guess you, there’s still that gender gap you’re going to have to face but just push through it, go for it, surround yourself with positive people that help you reach those goals, be it as an athlete, or as a professional, as a mom or anything in between. And that’s one thing I really think I want my daughters to take away, and anybody else to take away from that picture, is that we can all do it, we just need to support each other through the process.”