Morgan Hendrix Athletic Trainers are the most underrated member of the athletic community. They keep us healthy and in tip-top condition. We truly owe them our entire career of success. However, they usually get treated pretty crummy.
This article is dedicated to the Athletic Trainers everywhere spending their days taping ankles, making ice bags, and just generally being awesome. Here are a few reasons why you should definitely give your Athletic Trainer a massive hug, a delicious gift of their choosing, and then appreciate them greatly for the entire rest of your athletic career.
In The Bleachers By: There was a long period of time when I truly believed my Elementary school teachers lived at our school and slept under their desks. People with jobs still get to go home some point at night, right? Nobody knows their job title.
Athletic Trainers have the serious hook up when it comes to awesome snacks. At my first school, we had these things called Apple Pops and to this day I want them post workouts. You know when you were little and barely scraped your knee, but you whined about it for 2 hours to your Mom until she got pissed?
Athletic Trainers are constantly being stood up. This goes for you Coaches as well! Let your Athletic Trainer know when practice times change or new things are happening in the schedule. Nobody enjoys when their hour prep time vanishes to 5 minutes. Treat them like another Coach that should be informed. Khaki, Khaki, and more Khaki. Do you honestly understand just how much khaki your athletic trainer is required to own? Nobody in the world should ever own that much khaki.
Bad Cop or Bad Cop? I promise with all my heart that your Athletic Trainer does not want you to be hurt. I repeat, they do not want you to be hurt. Do you think your athletic trainer really enjoys telling you that you have to sit out because of an injury?
You want to play, your team wants you to play hopefully , your coaches want you to play really hopefully , but your athletic trainer has to be the one to keep you safe. Injuries suck, but permanent damage is a hundred times worse. They have an absolute gift when it comes to mixing Gatorade. Mixing Gatorade or PowerAde is an art form in and of itself.
It takes pristine skills and accuracy to perfect the water to powder ratio and even the slightest mistake can ruin the entire batch. That makes those special blend flavors that your athletic trainer creates only that much more impressive. You should give them a huge round of applause for that skill set alone. Everything I say goes. A lot of athletic trainers get a very bad rep for being mean or tough, but they have to be or the athletes would walk all over them.
So just follow their rules and I guarantee your relationship with them will be a hundred times better. Athletic Trainers are people too. Athletic Trainers have lives. So be sure to appreciate your athletic trainer and all the things they do for you. Love them as much as they love you and the whole athletic world will keep on spinning.
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