An Athletic Trainers Winter Schedule
As the winter sports seasons are starting to wind down, it gets me thinking about how crazy and busy a high school Athletic Trainer’s life is for the past 4 months during the winter. When I look back I kind of think: “wow, that went fast”. Which at the beginning of the winter season, I would never have thought it would have felt fast. I feel like I have been at the hockey rink every other day for the past 4 months and with how cold it has been, it has not been fun going out to the freezing cold car after standing in a freezing cold hockey arena for five hours. But, hey, it’s for the love of the profession and the feeling you get when you help a family through an injury or see an athlete you have been working with get back and play a great game. It’s this sense of pride, almost like a proud parent. It shows your hard work pays off.
I also have to laugh sometimes when I think about what I hear/see on a daily basis which makes this job so unique. Working so closely with teenagers, as you could imagine, makes for many interesting, but fun and entertaining days. Here is a little insight into a life in the day of a high school athletic trainer:
7 Signs you know you’re an Athletic Trainer (at a high school) when:
1) On a daily basis while taping ankles, you get an apology that sounds something along the lines of “sorry, my legs are hairy, I haven’t shaved in awhile” or “sorry, my feet probably smell“.
2) You double as a psychologist. My psychology minor sure gets used more often than I could have ever imagined.
3) You hear waaayyy to much information on teenagers personal lives.
4) You have the problem of getting stuck to the ice while tending to a hockey injury.
5) Your car looks like a winter clothes closet with extra sweatshirts, boots, gloves, coats, etc. Always have to be prepared for whatever comes up.
6) You may succumb to a dinner of hot dogs and/or big soft pretzels a day or two a week. Athletic Trainers usually get a deal on concession stand food – lucky us 🙂
7) You can tape an ankle, rehab a knee, relocate a shoulder, evaluate a concussion and save a life all in a days work.
Athletic Trainers never have a day that is like another. That’s the beauty of it. Every day is its own unique challenge. We have a lot of fun, but when we have to be ready for an emergency situation, we are trained professionals and get it done. I am proud to be an Athletic Trainer at OSI and take much pride in what I do.