Athletic trainers: The team behind the team

Kathy Shockey

At the junior varsity football game in Childress, Cash McCurley, sophomore thought he was never going to play football again. On his first play of the game he was going in for a tackle, when his body went one way and his leg went another. 

“I went to the hospital, and they said I might have dislocated my knee cap,” McCurley said.

I mean I couldn’t do anything without them”

— 12, Omar Hernandez

He felt pretty bad and sad about the situation, but he knew the athletic trainers would help him with anything.

“They are nice, they take care of me, they gave me cold water, and wrapped me when I needed it,” McCurley said.

The athletic trainers are there to help student athletes when they get hurt. Student athletic trainers have multiple certifications including CPR, and First Aid.  

“They keep me safe,” Karlo Sanchez, junior said.

The trainers wrap the athletes before practice and before a game to support the athlete’s joints, muscles and to prevent further injury.   They also set out water so the athletes can stay hydrated. 

“I need my wrist wrapped and ankles wrapped,” Omar Hernandez senior said.  “I mean I couldn’t do anything without them.”

Athletic trainers are at the field house or gym before the athletes arrive to prepare kits, wrap, and prep athletes for the games.  They have a lot of work to do to make sure athletes are taken care of.  

“We are there at least an hour early, and sometimes earlier, to help the athletes with ice baths, and we stay late for treatments and to clean up the training room by washing bottles, cleaning coolers and sanitizing the training room,” Olivia Pinales said.  

Summer Roark,  head athletic trainer for DHS has been a trainer for 24 years, says she would like to see more interest in the program.  

“I would like people who were more interested in this after school,” Roark said. “I think that would be an interesting thing to have somebody who would want to do this for a career.”