Students help players stay healthy as part of program
Nicole Stucky played football for Nevada Union’s junior varsity team and simply wanted to stay connected. Lauren Young gave up soccer in order to get involved. Kala Kleiber quit swimming to participate. Maddie Lamb switched from cheerleading on the track to working on the sidelines. Micaela Weast was encouraged by Stucky to join in the group.
All have different stories. Most entered from different directions. Each had her own reason for participating. This is a unique group of ladies who donate significant hours to a program in which they truly believe.
As part of his Sports Medicine Program at Nevada Union, football coach Jamie Wise has collected the largest number of trainers ever gathered to provide support for the football program.
“This is always what I wanted it to be,” Wise said. “It took five years to get it to this level. They are all seniors.”
Lauren Young is the head student trainer. She is joined by Jasa Fox, Nicole Stucky, Cassidy Re, Micaela Weast, Maddie Lamb, Ali Rodriguez, and Kala Kleiber.
Most are big football fans. They take care of almost every avenue of treatment for the varsity squad. Their days often begin at 7 a.m. and do not end until 8 p.m..
The practices are long. It is a huge time commitment. Balancing school and football becomes a tremendous challenge during the season.
An average day will find them taping players for practice, delivering ultrasound treatments, treating players during practices and games and attending to any aspect in order to keep the team as healthy and functional as possible.
Wise comments, “This is as demanding as a college program. If things don’t go right, it is a problem. Lauren works directly under me. If things do not get done, it is Lauren’s fault. However, they make sure it all goes right.”
In turn, the players look to this group for assistance.
Wise continues, “During the game, the players trust them so much and go to the student trainers. They are my top students, and they have learned a lot.”
Wise runs a tight program. He is well respected as one of the most talented trainers in the Sac-Joaquin Section. He tasks his assistants with getting it done. He does not accept anything other than a solid effort from his trainers. In turn, they deliver the results.
The training staff is fortunate enough to participate in all football events. This allows it to stay close to the squad. It heightens the level of trust and ensures a continuity of care for the players.
Stucky remarks, “We feel a part of the team. We have a whole new energy this year. This is like one giant family.”
On weekends, they communicate with injured players. They provide necessary care to get them ready for the following week’s game.
Lamb comments, “We spend more than 12 hours together each day. We have grown so close. There is a great trust in each other.”
Of the group, two want to go into education. Two are looking at the surgical field. One is training to be a physician’s assistant. Two are searching for jobs as college athletic trainers.
Wise is fortunate. He has an incredible group this year. They take their roles very serious. They are there for the players. Wise could not have laid it out any better. This group is knowledgeable and intelligent. They gave up other interests to focus on the care of the football team.
On top of all this, they do it well. They are a disciplined group of trainers who make a difference for the football program. Their numbers and grades speak volumes for their abilities.
Wise has never had it so good. Whereas at times he has felt like a one-man gang, he is now a coach with a troupe that makes it happen.
Whether this year’s squad is special will be spelled out over the next several weeks. As for now, the dedication exhibited by these ladies is yet another reminder of the aspects that make this program special and unique.
Jim Adams lives in Nevada City and is a regular contributor to The Union and a broadcaster for TouchDown Productions. He may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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