Boyle student trainers wrap-up awards

March 26, 2004|GARY MOYERS

They're the first ones to run onto the field or court to tend to an injured player.

They're often the last ones to leave after practice or games, spending extra time to supervise injury-healing therapy.

Their instructor calls them the "unsung heroes" of the athletic program.

But after a recent competition in Ashland, Boyle County High School's student athletic trainers are not quite so "unsung."

Eight BCHS trainers competed in a meet at the Ashland Paul Blazer High School Sports Medicine Olympics recently, the first time they'd competed anywhere, and all eight finished first or second in various events. Jeremy Johnson, a senior, won four individual events and was named the overall individual winner at the meet.

"It was a great learning experience for us, because we'd never competed before and had no idea what to expect," said Joan Mann, who teaches Athletic Training I and II and social studies at the school, and serves as head athletic trainer for the school's 32 athletic teams. "I think we surprised ourselves there."


They also surprised the other teams, winning 12 of the 17 events in which they entered.

"We finished third in the event, but we didn't enter some of the essay events because we didn't know about them," said Mann. "Next time, we'll know, and I think we might have a shot at winning as a team."

Mann was 2003 athletic trainer of the year

Mann knows about winning. A Centre College graduate and BCHS trainer for 15 years, she was named 2003 Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Kentucky Athletic Trainer Society.

Her program at BCHS is growing, with approximately 16 students in her training classes. Ten of her alumni have gone on to careers in training-related fields.

Johnson is considering following their footsteps. The second-level training class was created by Mann to afford him higher learning opportunity. It is taught as an independent study course, affording him the opportunity to put his experience to work assisting first-year students.

"I'm hoping go to Eastern Kentucky University to be an athletic trainer, but I have to be accepted first," he said. "I'll have to pass the tests and evaluations, and then hope for the best."

He's not counting on just hope, however. He and Dustin Clem are both enrolled in EMS classes in Lincoln County in order to gain certification.

Junior Lori LeMonds is in her third year as a trainer, and got her start because of her interest in sports. "My sister-in-law was a trainer, and I saw it as a way to be involved in sports," she said. "I love football, and this my way to be close to it. I like it enough that I'm giving serious thought to making it a career, or at least, do something related to training."

The students go way beyond mere athletic taping. Instruction includes anatomy lessons, various injury recognition drills and preventive and therapeutic conditioning.

"It doesn't matter what kind of career you want to go into, this kind of education can be very valuable anywhere," said junior Tarl Lawson. "If you know how to deal with injuries and emergencies, there's all kinds of places that want you."

For now, however, the students in Mann's classes are most wanted on the athletic fields and courts.

"We get a thank you now and then, but the best thing is seeing somebody who's been hurt get back out there and be okay," said Johnson. "That's what we're here for."

Winners named

The students who competed in Ashland and won awards were:

Johnson: First places in ankle assessment, shoulder assessment, patient assessment and stretching of lower extremities. He also won the individual overall title.

Clem: First place in bandaging.

Justin Fredericks: First place in upper body stretching.

LeMonds: First place in respiratory emergencies.

Justin Young: First place in knee assessment.

Katie McClain: First place in wrapping skills.

Erin Gilkey: Second place in bandaging.

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