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Trainers help athletes to play their best

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Photo courtesy of Haylie Garrett

Photo courtesy of Haylie Garrett

Photo courtesy of Haylie Garrett

Abigail Hurtt, Editor-In-Chief

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With football season underway, it is easy to get swept up in the madness that is high school football in Texas. While the players may get praised by classmates in the hallway, it is important to remember that a lot is involved in preparing for any sporting event. Some people who know this to be true are the student athletic trainers who are responsible for the well-being of athletes on and off the field.

This years’ trainers range from freshman to seniors. Athletic trainers learn to treat injuries, help athletes recover and prevent injuries. Football, volleyball, cross-country, and tennis are currently ongoing; however, the trainers dedicate the majority of their time to football as it is an injury-prone sport.

“Football season is my favorite because that is the sport we are involved in the most and (we) put a lot of our time into it,” said senior Bethany Franklin. “It’s the sport a lot of people attend and get excited about.”

Before a game, trainers prepare for whatever challenges they may face come game time.

“(We) make sure everything is packed,” sophomore Haylie Garrett said. “We also make sure all the players are healthy and hydrated.”

Similar to a football player, athletic trainers agree to become a part of the team and this means sacrificing time outside of school. Just this year, the trainers will attend five games away from Amarillo.

“ (A challenge of being a trainer is) missing a lot of school,” senior Sarah Love said. “I have to keep my grades in check so I’m able to go with sports teams.”

Although being an athletic trainer can be work, Love said it is also rewarding because she is able to “support the school.” Another benefit is the bond trainers form with the athletes.

“(We) become good friends with the athletes,” Franklin said.  “We are around them a lot and constantly taking care of the things they need. It’s to the point (we) feel like their mom.”

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