Trainers keep football players in the game
“You can never have too many trainers,” Boys Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Mike Zierlein said. “They are all pretty much equal and all very helpful.”
Clear Falls Trainers are very important to the athletic department of the school. Without them the athletic department couldn’t be a success. They have many duties to do everyday taking care of student athletes at Clear Falls.
Clear Falls Head Trainer Danielle Simon said she enjoys being a trainer and being able to help in anyway she can. “ As a trainer, the best part for me, is being dedicated to my athletes and knowing how to care for them as individuals” Simon currently tends to the football team and their injuries. Most of the common ones that she treats are sprained ankles, turf burns, shin splints, leg cramps, and a dislocated shoulder here and there, but most of all keeping them hydrated with continuous access to water bottles.
Trainers help athletes in all sports. They wrap their joints, bring them water, and do other duties such as help them stretch. They are like a preparation crew but for athletes. They assist athletes to get ready for the big game or just warm up before practice. They also care for injuries inflicted on the athletes. They wrap knees, elbows, wrists, ankles, and other points of articulation. Trainers provide ice packs, water, Gatorade, and other must haves on the sports field.
“We have seventeen trainers, and all trainers go to the games. Some do JV some freshman either Green or Black. They all get a second sport too.” said Coach Zierlein.
Coach and supervisor of trainers, Tom Bradley said, “most of our trainers are beginners so we keep them doing things that they know about and are comfortable doing, like wrapping.”
Another female trainer said “I like being a trainer because it’s really fun and I get to go the games and help out.”
However, she has to put on her game face too, and roll with the punches sometimes, especially when the football players are not in the best mood. “Boys are boys,” she said, “especially when their head’s in the game.”