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ATHLETIC TRAINERS KEEP ATHLETES HEALTHY

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tevenson University has 27 athletic teams that compete in the NCAA, with six athletic trainers divided among these teams. Each team has one athletic trainer assigned to work with them.

Connor Trainor (in green) examines student Morgan Cary during the women’s soccer match. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

 

 

 

 

 

 

All athletic trainers at Stevenson have their bachelor’s or master’s degree in athletic training and are certified ATC in the field.

One of the six athletic trainers at Stevenson is Conor Trainor, who earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Towson University and a master’s from Temple University. While in graduate school, Trainor gained experience as the graduate assistant for club sports at Drexel University. Just like most athletic trainers, Trainor chose to become one because he likes to work with college athletes; “They [athletes] want to get better and get back into the game as soon as possible,” he said.

Trainor has been an athletic trainer at Stevenson for three years. He works directly with men’s ice hockey, women’s soccer, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, and golf. All of the athletic trainers at Stevenson work with more than one athletic team, usually in different seasons.

“If I have two teams that overlap in a season, then I have to help the team that has the higher injuries and is the higher contact sport,” he explained.

The athletic trainers have a different schedules based on the athletic team with whom they are working. Athletic trainers are always in the training room an hour before a team’s practice so that athletes are able to roll out their muscles, get taped or get physical therapy.  On a day that a team has a game, the schedule is different. They would arrive earlier to set up for their own players and for visiting teams, including water jugs and medical equipment for the players. Athletic trainers are also required to travel with the team for road games.

“A trainer’s job is to keep the athletes healthy and on the field,” said Trainor. The athletic trainers teach athletes techniques to stay healthy, such as stretches and other patient care.

Athletic trainers not only determine injuries, but they help to rehabilitate students.

Kellen Wittman, a senior on the woman’s soccer team, suffered from a torn ACL injury last season,  and explained, “They encouraged and pushed me to my limits everyday so I could be back to 100 percent. All of our athletes wouldn’t be where they’re at today, without the dedication they [athletic trainers] put in day in and day out.”

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Stevenson University Welcomes 2 New Athletic Trainers

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Stevenson’s athletic training office has added two new members to its current staff. The growth of Stevenson’s athletics has made room for trainers Jimmy Hoover and Conor Trainor.

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Hoover attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and Scott Zema, Stevenson’s head athletic trainer, was one of his professors.

“He [Zema] played a pivotal role in my development as a clinician and I’m very fortunate to have him as a boss now,” said Hoover. “Without him, I may never have known what athletic training was.”

 

Hoover currently works with women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s basketball and women’s beach volleyball. He loves working with Stevenson athletes because of their diversity.

This opportunity is fostered by being able to work many athletes within a single team, according to Hoover.

“The differences among the athletes is something that I have to pay close attention to as a clinician so I can be sure that the appropriate strategy of care is being used for that individual athlete,” said Hoover.

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Conor Trainor attended Towson University for his undergraduate degree and Temple University for his graduate degree. He currently works with women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and ice hockey. He particularly enjoys working in Stevenson athletics with the athletes themselves.

 

“I appreciate how hard they try and their level of commitment when it comes to the rehabilitation of their injuries.  It is very rewarding when an injured player who has been out for some time is finally able to go back on the field and play,” said Trainor.

Hoover and Trainor are excited for the seasons ahead and they look forward to helping with the newly added sports. The athletic training student workers adore Hoover and Trainor and consider them “great mentors” as they are working through college. They are excited to experience how these new trainers work through the different athletic seasons.