Trainers arrive at school before the sun rises to begin their work with athletes.
Certified athletic trainers Renatta Delello and Ian Scott meet with their team of student athletic trainers to plan the day’s activities.
After a short meeting, dozens of water bottles are filled individually for the day’s practice. Athletes stroll in with injuries and walk out knowing they’ll be getting better and ready to be back on the field after working with the trainers.
Though the school year has only just begun, trainers already are learning how to handle injuries on and off the field. Because of the nature of the job, knowledge is a must when it comes to athletic training.
“You have to learn how to tape ankles, wrists and arches,” sophomore student trainer Maggie-Mae Ellison said.
Athletic trainers aren’t just field-side medics; they also attend practices for all sports and readily wait on the sideline for a potential injury.
“The average day in class as an athletic trainer includes setting up for practices, filling water bottles, coolers, etc. And helping anybody who comes in before practice to get wrapped or stretched,” Ellison said. “Then we go out to practice.”
At times, the work may seem difficult, but the student trainers are taught to do their jobs by both Delello and Scott.
“They are some of the hardest working people on campus and don’t get nearly enough recognition,” Delello said of the student trainers.
Some of those who take the athletic training class have a desire to go into the medical field to pursue a career.
“I want to be a physical therapist,” senior Alex Dane said. “Being a trainer will help me a little while in high school.”
While some want to pursue a profession with athletic training, others simply took the class for fun.
“We decided to be athletic trainers because it’s fun and educating,” junior Brittany Barton said.
Whether it is for fun or for a profession, athletic trainers work hard to help make the athletic program stronger and better, just like its athletes.
“They focus on you, and help you recover faster,” sophomore soccer player Zach Alspach said.
DYLAN CURTIS is a sophomore at Denton High School and a participant in the Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” writing program for student journalists.