Henry Sibley Student Athlete Interested in Athletic Training

Henry Sibley Student Athlete Interested in Athletic Training

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(Above: Tillie on the left and Alli, AT at OSI Physical Therapy on the right)

Henry Sibley Student Athlete Interested in Athletic Training

Last year around graduation time, I had a sophomore (who would be a junior after summer break) come to me expressing interest in athletic training. I had worked with her for shoulder instability issues, trying to keep her stable enough for gymnastics. She came to me telling me that she was wanting to go to college to pursue a career in Athletic Training. I was SO happy to hear her interest in the profession. Henry Sibley doesn't offer any sort of High School program for Athletic Training; in North Dakota I did a clinic rotation while I was in college for AT, and worked at a High School where they offered an "Athletic Training Student Program" where the students could actually letter in Athletic Training. I am currently trying to make this a possibility at Henry Sibley, because I think it is so awesome to help get High School kids on the right track for the profession. It would also look AWESOME when they are applying to get into the program. I decided that I would take her on as my own personal mentorship program. I talked to her parents and they were very happy to have her tag along with me and learn all she could. She started the 2013/2014 school year with me at 2 a days. I thought she showed a lot of commitment and detection in those 2 weeks of practices. I mean, who would give up their last 2 weeks of summer freedom, to spend them in the smoldering heat at school? I taught her my taping tricks, and she was actually a life savor! How nice it is to have an extra pair of hands helping you tape what seems like the entire football team every day!? Anytime an injury came up, I would have her observe, then after I would explain why I did what I did, and walked her through my treatment options for the specific injuries we saw. She never missed a practice or game all Fall AND Winter season long. THATS A TON OF EVENTS!!! I can't express enough how blessed I felt as an ATC to have someone so interested in the profession and who showed great potential in this field of career. I asked Tillie to write up a little Bio about herself and some feedback on her mentorship she did with me. I am so excited that she is only a Junior this year, because I get her all of next year too! Here is what tillie had to say:
Henry Sibley Student Athlete Interested in Athletic Training - OSI Physical Therapy  eMy name is Otilia Langston, Tillie for short. I am a 16-year-old junior at Henry Sibley High School, where I am on the golf team in the spring. In the fall and winter I work with Alli in the athletic training office, and in the summer I like to golf as much as I can. I work at the state fair at the corn roast booth, and I am caddying at Somerset Golf Course this summer as well. In the future I would like to attend either the university of Maine, or UND and enter the Athletic Training Program. I became interested in athletic training when I would have to go into Alli's office because of my loose shoulders that affected me when I was on the gymnastics team. After working with Alli on myself, and seeing how many other people needed help on different things, I decided that I wanted to help out. Alli taught me how to tape ankles first, then shin splints, then hands, and wrists and everything else! She taught me all of her tips and tricks for athletic training, and took me to every game for every sports team at Sibley. I helped the best I could and it was a good learning experience that made me want to learn more, and go into the athletic training field. My favorite memory working in the athletic training office, was when Alli had to miss a day that happened to be a football game day. Sibley is a school where ALL of the football players want to get taped on game day, so the office is extremely loud, busy, and full of big football boys all trying to get something taped. So everyone was in a panic about Alli being gone and wondering who would tape people and what would happen. Then Alli put me in charge for pregame care. I was extremely scared because I had never worked in the office when Alli had not been in there, and we figured we taped about 30 or more ankles a day, plus hands, wrists, knees, and anything else you can think of! And I had to do all of that alone! When the day came and all the boys rushed in to get taped everyone was yelling at me to tape faster, and how long they had been waiting to be taped, and complaining about everything else, but a couple players helped me out and made sure the rest of them wouldn't bug me, and soon enough the office was empty and all of the boys were taped and on the bus ready to play. I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I had finished, I taped all of those people alone and no one complained that I didn't tape them well! I was so happy that Alli trusted me to fill in for her and it was one of the most exciting moments I have had working with her. Of course there was ATC coverage at the actual game, Alli just couldn't get anyone to work for her for the pregame rush. I have learned from my time working in the office that some times you don't have all the right tools or equipment that you need, but you can compensate. At a football game someone needed their wrist brace covered due to metal in it, and we didn't have anything to cover it with that was good enough for the refs. But then Alli remembered that she had a yoga mat in the back of her car, she cut it up and taped it on for him. It may have been hot pink, and not exactly perfect, but it worked really well and he could play with his brace on then. So I have learned a lot of different ways to tape, ice, stretch, heat, etc. But I think the most important thing that I have learned is how to use your resources the best that you can. Henry Sibley Student Athlete Interested in Athletic Training - OSI Physical Therapy  2Some obstacles I will have to face is my grades. School has never came easy for me, and I have to work really hard to earn and maintain good grades. So I think out of all the obstacles working on keeping my grades up will be the biggest one. Alli mentioned that the AT program she was in required the students to maintain a B average in all their AT classes, and a 'C' average in all the other ones. That will be something I need to work on, but I think it will be easy because AT is so interesting to me, that I believe I will want to actually learn about it. Key qualities that an athletic trainer must have is being calm, because when a student athlete runs up to you with a bone sticking out of their arm and blood everywhere, the last thing you should do is start screaming and panicking and worrying the athlete even more. Resourceful because you are not always going to have everything that you need, or all of the latest technology to help someone. You need to be sociable because if a student athlete feels as though they can't approach you because you are really quiet and shy, or grouchy and loud, then you aren't able to do your job and they aren't able to get better. I think that my school councilors could guide the students to what classes would help them get ready for college and what field they want to go into. It would be helpful if they did that so then you could take a class, and then if you decide that's really not what you want to do then you aren't already in the middle of college and having to figure out something completely different. I 100% think that my school should make an official mentoring program in athletic training. I work with Alli so many hours, and go to so many athletic events for this purpose, and other than an amazing learning experience, I don't get any credits for this. I think that if a program like this was offered to students a lot of them would jump at it, and they would be able to see if that is what they want to do in college and beyond that. I would tell anyone going into athletic training, that they should definitely spend time with an athletic trainer like Alli, and go to all of the sporting events, and see exactly how much time you put into this. As the student athletic trainer, balancing schoolwork with events with Alli and taping after school, and being there while athletes are practicing, I've learned that you put a lot of your time into this job. Hours can be odd and you can have a soccer game at 10 am, then another one at 1, and a football game at 7 pm.  Sometimes you only have a couple hours in between event, and you have to wait and prep and wait some more. It can be tiring and annoying, but that's just how it goes. So I really think that is something that all future athletic trainers should realize.
- Alli  

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