In Training: After a hectic school-year schedule, athletic trainers earn well-deserved rest during summer

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

June 9, 2007 - Now that summer has arrived, one group of SSHS students will get a well-deserved respite.

The student trainers will be able to enjoy at least part of the summer after an exhausting school-year schedule that includes being at all SSHS home sporting events and many out-of-town games.

Head trainer Tammy Carrell, who is ATC and LAT certified, is still hard at work during the summer, tending to athletes going through The Edge conditioning workouts. This year, she had with her graduate assistant Melissa Pipins from Trinity Mother Frances health care system, along with student trainers Erin Gasaway, Emma Lee Spivey, Tiffany Boobar and Blane Smith.

"We cover all the sports," said Carrell. "We are there before the game and after the game. We are also available during practice sessions."

The student trainers are especially noticeable during football games and practices. They are in charge of keeping water available for the players so they will stay hydrated. They also help Carrell with her training duties.

As allied health care professionals, trainers specialize in prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. To be certified, an athletic trainer must hold at least a bachelor's degree and are required to pursue continuing education classes.

Carrell said trainers also provide a financial return for secondary schools by putting an emphasis on injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Student trainers are required to apply for the position and be selected by Carrell. At least one student trainer is at all home sporting events.

"We are not there competing," Carrell said. "But, we are there to help the athletes compete."

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