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Student athletic trainers an ‘unsung hero’ for Crosby athletics

October 12, 2018

When the Crosby football players lined up and faced their fans and sang the school song after the team’s 56-41 victory over Dayton on Oct. 5, the Crosby student athletic trainers were part of that line.

“What I’ve noticed is that the student trainers and the athletes become like a family,” said head athletic trainer Will Bennett. “They share their ups and downs. If the football team, or any sport, is successful, they get to share the excitement of it. On the opposite end, if we’re not successful, they have to go through that as well.”

The SATs assist the athletic trainers. Their main duties are wrapping ankles, keeping the players hydrated, and assisting with ice treatments.

During two-a-day workouts in August before the season started, the SATs arrived at the field at 6 a.m. and didn’t leave until around noon.

Students become student athletic trainers for a variety of reasons —juniors Dede Armstrong and Kiaria Landry are interested in going into the medical field; junior Avigail Dorland was an athletic manager for the middle school teams when she was in eighth grade; senior Makayla Dorland ran track, and senior Kennedy Young used to play softball and volleyball.

“Whenever people got hurt, I saw what they had to go through, so when I had the chance to become a student trainer my freshman year, I decided maybe I’d like this a lot,” Avigail Dorland said.

Armstrong said the toughest part about being an SAT is seeing the athletes get serious injuries that prevent them from continuing to participate in sports but also acknowledged that it feels good to play a role in getting players back on the field.

Avigail Dorland and sophomore Jancie Ivey have been student athletic trainers since their freshman year. They said they have made so many wonderful friends through being an SAT, and it’s these relationships that cause them to continue to be a part of the program. They both plan on being student athletic trainers throughout their time in high school.

Makayla Dorland’s favorite part about being an SAT is that she gets to be involved with the Crosby High School athletic teams.

“People think we’re just water girls,” Ivey said. “We actually do a lot more than that. We do treatments on the boys. We’re out here every single day.”

Bennett said that the SATs sometimes struggle with time management at first, but learn how to manage the commitment. They have to keep up their grades to continue being a part of the program.

Bennett said they need to be “reliable, self-motivated, hard-working, as well as determined to try something that they’re uncomfortable with.”

“People don’t realize what it takes to be a part of something that everybody doesn’t see every day,” he said. “So, in my opinion, if there’s anybody that’s an unsung hero, it’s the young ladies that help every single day in the athletic department.”

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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