A Day in the Life of a Student Athletic Trainer
LORAS COLLEGE- When athletes lace up their shoes, and put on their jersey’s every one of them has the dream of being the star of the show, and winning the game for their team. But there are some people who get ready for the game, and hope that they never step foot on the field.
No, I’m not talking about the fans, but rather the athletic trainers. While in an perfect world no athletes would get hurt, that realistically is not going to happen. Injuries are inevitable, and it is the athletic trainer’s job to address those injuries.
Joe Pagura, a sophomore student athletic trainer, and two sport athlete at Loras College, understands the idea of injuries from both ends of the spectrum. As an athlete, Joe tries to avoid injuries to stay on the field. As a trainer, Joe hopes to avoid the field, by having as few athletes injured as possible.
When an injury does occur, Joe and other student trainers spring into action. Once the situation is under control, the work moves from on the field to in the training room. Having the opportunity to provide assistance to the athletes, not only helps the athletes, but also gives the student trainers valuable experience. Helping the athletes heal as quickly as possible is all part of the job description, and typical in a day of a student athletic trainer.