Athletic Training Program Introduces Students to the Field of Sports Medicine

Carroll’s athletic training program started informally, when Mr. A began taking student trainers under his wing shortly after he joined the faculty in 2011. Since then, the program has expanded to include credit and non-credit coursework for students interested in sports medicine. He, along with a group of dedicated student athletic trainers — Jacob McLaughlin ‘16, Ryan Nunn ‘17, Lidia Eiob ‘16, and Kemi Maye ‘16 — are an integral part of Carroll’s athletics department.

Sports-related injuries run the gamut, so he teaches students to always be prepared. On a typical day, he performs routine preventative services, makes clinical evaluations, and provides treatment and rehabilitation; all while instructing student trainers on what to do when situations arise.

He starts by teaching them the basics of sports medicine — first aid, taping, bracing, and anatomy. As the students progress, they learn about what goes into making a medical evaluation. Mr. A says, “I call it the who, what, where, when and why.”

Every day after school, student athletic trainers meet one-on-one with student athletes who visit the athletic training room for assistance. During the initial check-in, student trainers obtain a brief history which is given to Mr. A, who plans a course of action for treatment or rehabilitation. The one-on-one meetings give student trainers an opportunity to practice their skills and assist fellow students. On game days, they set up water coolers, organize first aid supplies and equipment, and do preventative taping and bracing. Once play begins, they spend the majority of their time ensuring student athletes stay hydrated and take turns shadowing Mr. A as he walks the sideline, keeping a watchful eye.

For Mr. A, it’s all about teaching students what to look for when an injury occurs. He says, “I tell the students, they need to keep their eyes on the game at all times. It’s best to see the injury as it’s happening. It really provides insight into how to respond with treatment.”

Student trainer Jacob McLaughlin ‘16 sees the value in getting an up-close look at what a certified athletic trainer does. “I’m really grateful for this experience. A lot of the things we’re learning, most people don’t learn until they get to college. Learning it now gives me a head start.”

Lydia Eiob ‘16 wants to pursue a career in medicine. Working as a student athletic trainer fits nicely with her interests in anatomy and health science. She says, “I’ve learned techniques for taping, bracing, rehab and therapy. I really enjoy it.”

A successful athletic training program needs team players, just like in team sports. Mr. A is happy to have a dedicated group of students who show up day in and day out and work hard to learn the craft. He says, “The student trainers do an outstanding job. They have a tremendous amount of pride in their work, which is great to see.”