The Other Half of Playing the Game

Gary Lazard Jr., Staff Writer

Sports teams have an extra teammate at every practice and every game who doesn’t get into the action, but plays one of the most important roles on the team.

From making sure the athletes have plenty of water to drink to tending to the variety of aches, pains and bruises, the athletic trainers are always there to provide the best care for the athletes.

Individuals planning a career in athletic training, receive a solid education and experience in college.

Students work as student trainers then once they complete their four-year program, they must pass a test for certification in order to be an official trainer. Tests include BOC (Board of Certification) and the LAT (Licensed Athletic Trainers).

Texas A&M University – Commerce student trainer Brittney Fortenberry said, “You have the best of both worlds.”

Trainer Felicia Beanvides said, “The sports that require a lot of running and jumping does a lot to the lower body, so a lot of treatment is required towards that area.”

The lower body takes a lot of punishment for the football players.

Offensive lineman Jason Osei said, “The game was last Saturday and I’m still sore.”

Rehab and treatment are where the trainers play major roles. With proper care an injured athlete comes back when the injury wellness permits and the trainers give their approval.

Women’s basketball player Angelle Simon had a knee sideline her.

“My recovery time was three to four months but the trainers put me through a lot where I came back in three months instead of four,” she said.