The football season is officially over, however that does not mean the concussion risk is gone. Yes, it will be reduced slightly, but awareness is continued and the importance of an athletic trainer is underscored more. During the winter months we will spend time blogging about the life of an athletic trainer, what I do, and what we can do for schools.
It is now postseason for sports here in Illinois the time is now for teams to be at their best as the winner moves on. The state-series here in Illinois includes every high school participating in the sport. First is the Regionals where 5-8 teams at 32 sites begin the march to a state title (speaking of basketball), if the team advances they move on to Sectionals at 8 sites where 4 teams vie for a birth into Super Sectionals where 2 teams face of for a Final Four birth.
This time of year is full of emotions like; excitement, happiness, and sadness. As an athletic trainer the excitement usually wins out until your team gets eliminated (and for the very few elation if they win it all). Part of our dealings with the school include post-season coverage including travel to away sites, this is where the excitement comes in.
Traveling to other schools that you usually have very little interaction with is exciting, a chance to reacquaint with other athletic training peers, or administrations you know allows us to network. Continue reading