CB Trainers play an intricate role in Falcon Sports. “Can you get him a bag of ice?” The athletic training room is more than a place for athletes to get taped up and iced; it also provides a learning environment for students who want to pursue a career in the medical field. Alex Landeros ’14, […]
CB Trainers play an intricate role in Falcon Sports.
“Can you get him a bag of ice?”
The athletic training room is more than a place for athletes to get taped up and iced; it also provides a learning environment for students who want to pursue a career in the medical field.
Alex Landeros ’14, a seasoned student athletic trainer, has been working in the training room since her freshman year. She has seen a multitude of injuries, learned how to tape up numerous body parts, and “felt the power of the crowd” as she worked on the sidelines of Holy Bowl. Her experiences with the athletic training program at CB has inspired her to pursue a career in the field.
“I really want to try and do this after I graduate high school and find a future in it,” Alex says.
The athletic training room is constantly abuzz throughout the school year, with athletes from all sports coming and going. It is especially busy during the fall when football players tend to dominate the room, demanding most of the athletic trainers’ attention.
“A lot of the football players go in there for recovery from their concussions from the last game we had,” defensive lineman Steven Gomez ’13 commented. “Some people go in there for injuries for random stuff, like shoulders, stingers and knees.”
Despite the hectic atmosphere, the student athletic trainers are learning real life medical skills.
“Having the athletic trainers here to help the head athletic trainer gives them a good opportunity to see different sports, injuries, preventive treatments,” says Mrs. Jill Jackson, the interim program director. “It gives them an opportunity to learn and hopefully educate them on what it takes to be an athletic trainer.”
The student trainers also say the bond between the trainers and program director Mrs. Darci Calista — currently on maternity leave — is a big reason why the enjoy athletic training.
“What makes it so special is that we’re all so close and Ms. Calista is very helpful,” Alex adds.
If you’re interested in becoming part of the program, see Mrs. Jackson in the training room after school, which is across from the outdoor snack bar.