Wylie’s studentshave a variety of reasons for why they love being student athletic trainers.
Some like the thrill of Friday nights. Some like the relationships built with their fellow trainers. And some like the fact that they are learning real-life skills that could help them in a future career.
Wylie’s program for student athletic trainers, formerly known as the Muggettes, has come a long way in the last four years. The program is now part of the growing Health Science program at the High School.
“The Muggettes were just an extra curricular group,” said Kathyrn Gay, who teaches in the Health Sciences department and along with Brian Stuart heads up the athletic trainer program. “They
didn’t do a lot of prevention and treatment of injuries. We teach them actual prevention and treatment. They all have first aid and CPR training before they come out here.”
Wylie started changing the program about four years ago when it began offering Health Science classes.
Now the student athletic trainers must take the sports medicine 1 or sports medicine 2 classes and must get certified in CPR and first aid, Gay said.
Currently, the program has 18 students involved – 11 who are trainers for the varsity and JV, and seven freshmen who work with the freshmen sports teams.
Eventually students who are trainers for all four years of high school will take Sports Medicine 1, 2 and 3, and then will do a clinical their fourth year.
Gay said sports medicine is a great field to consider for a career.
“It’s one of the main growing fields right now,” she said. “It’s on the up and coming.”
Student trainer Brooke Sherrod, a senior, said the program has been a huge help to her since she wants to go into physical therapy.
“The knowledge I’ve gained will help me in college,” she said. “The exposure will help me. We watch for injuries and give water. We are there when they need us. We tape before games and practices.”
Kayla also thinks the program will be a big boost for her. She plans to join the Air Force and be a sonographer. She said Gay and Stuart were instrumental in her making
the decision to go into the Air Force.
“They are the ones who pushed me to do what I want to do,” she said. “They are really helpful.”
Delaney Samulde has been a student trainer for four years, and even though she decided not to go into a medical field, she feels she has developed leadership and communication skills.
“I felt like this was good for me to learn to communicate with others,” she said. “Learning how to deal with people made it worth while. I stuck with this because I formed so many great bonds, and I wanted to stick it out and become the leader that I had when I was a freshman.”
Jayci Pippin said she became a student trainer because she wanted to be able to handle herself in an emergency.
“I love being able to know how to treat an injury,” she said. “If something happened to someone I love, I would be able to help them.”
Of course all the things that made being a Muggette so much fun are still part of the student trainer experience – particularly the close friendships that are formed and being on the sideline during the football games.
“It’s a great environment to be in to be up close and personal with all the action,” Delaney said. “That’s my favorite part is hearing everyone just so excited. It’s a lot of work, but it is definitely worth it.”
Jayci loves it when the crowd is going crazy having a good time.
“We are all excited,” she said. “The boys get to have their time to shine, and we are there for them every step of the way. It’s so much fun. We are a team.”