Student Athletic Trainers Bring Home Gold

Devin White

TMHS student trainers brought home first place when they competed at the beginner level relay race at a city wide workshop for athletic trainers last Saturday. They competed against 35 teams and finished with a six minute time.

Athletic Trainers focus on sports related injuries and often assist in evaluating injuries that happened outside of school.

Starting on February 15, students will be able to pick up applications to become a student athletic trainer for the 2012-2013 school year. Selections will be made before Spring Break and training will start on March 26. “Acceptance will vary on the number of qualified candidates,” said Ms. Carissa Spraberry, Head Athletic Trainer, “I would like to have 16 student athletic trainers next year.”

The student athletic trainers on the sidelines of the sports games are pretty relaxed, but are ready to spring into action when an injured player is helped out of the game. “All new student athletic trainers are taught CPR and first-aid,” said Spraberry, “then we teach basic taping skills, how to use basic modalities, some anatomy, and rehabilitation.”

Criteria is the second most important thing when it comes to being a student athletic trainer. “We need students with a good work ethic, students that are disciplined, students willing to put in the time and practice and students interested in any medicine related fields,” said Spraberry.

All of the sports here at TMHS use student athletic trainers, from football to track. “Everyone works football,” said Spraberry, “then assign them to cover all other sports during the spring semester.”

Mrs. Spraberry and Mr. Roderick Williams, Assistant Athletic Trainer, were both student athletic trainers in high school and have gone on to become professionals.