Trainer Thoughts

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photo credit: Abrianna Gilkey

Senior spirit \\ Senior Keoni Hernandez gets prepared with the athletic trainers for Meet the Raider night Aug. 19. “I became a trainer because I want to be an automotive racing physical therapist when I graduate and I can learn the basics of physical therapy by being a trainer,” Hernandez said.

writer: Morgan Gore, Staff Reporter

From assisting injured players to filling up water bottles, the athletic trainers put so much effort into keeping all the players safe. The students spend multiple hours a day making sure everything is ready for the players of the sport they are assigned to. 

1.  What sport do you train for? 

Madison: I am a football and wrestling trainer. 

Paige: I am an athletic trainer for football and boys basketball. 

Keoni: I’m a track trainer this year.

 

2. Which is your favorite sport to train for and why?

Madison: My favorite sport to train for is wrestling. I enjoy wrestling because it is so cool to watch and I gain a lot more experience doing so due to the wider variety of injuries.

Paige: My favorite sport to train for is football because I am able to be with Coach Hanes and help with more taping and preparations on game day. I love staying busy helping our athletes be as prepared as possible.

Keoni: My favorite sport to train for is football because the atmosphere is fun and there is a lot more to do so we are always working.

 

3. What made you want to be a trainer? 

Madison: I wanted to be a trainer because I have always liked helping people and I think taping skills/first aid skills are good skills to have.

Paige: I wanted to become a trainer because I wanted to get hands-on experience with athletes before college. I love helping others and watching them overcome and succeed from their milestones.

Keoni: I became a trainer because I want to be an automotive racing physical therapist when I graduate and I can learn the basics of physical therapy by being a trainer. 

 

4. How many years have you been doing it?

Madison: This is my second year being a trainer.

Paige: I have been a trainer since my freshman year! I plan to continue my fourth varsity season next year as a senior.

Keoni: I’ve been doing this for two years now.

 

 5. What is your favorite part about being a trainer? 

Madison: My favorite part about being a trainer is being surrounded by the friendships I have made with the athletes and fellow trainers everyday. 

Paige: My favorite part about being a trainer is making unforgettable bonds with athletes and being a part of their high school career. It is rewarding to be able to watch them excel and be able to overcome such hard times. I really enjoy teaching athletes about their bodies and how they can improve their performance.

Keoni: My favorite part is learning new things about the medical field and improving on my skills.