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Contracted trainers keep school athletes healthy
Written by Staci Gasser   
Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Known for taping ankles and icing bruises, athletic trainers have a much more important role in the daily lives of high school athletes.

Physical therapist David Castillo works on Camp Verde High School football player Brandon McIlvoy's injured knee in the school's training room Thursday, Sept. 27. Castillo donates two afternoons a weak to working with the Cowboys athletes. Athletic trainers manage the prevention, recognition and rehabilitation of injured athletes. They are the first ones on the field or court when an athlete gets hurt, and they administer follow-up care by developing athletic injury prevention and treatment programs.

“The most important role of an athletic trainer is to provide preventive measures for the safety of the athletes,” said David Castillo, Camp Verde High School’s part-time athletic trainer. “We need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms and work with the kids to get them back playing. If I had it my way, each high school would have an athletic trainer on staff.”

Sizes of schools and budget cuts that are plaguing schools nationwide are a couple of reasons why some high schools do not have full-time athletic trainers who are able to be there every day and at games.

Both Camp Verde and Sedona Red Rock high schools contract athletic trainers through the Verde Valley Medical Center. Castillo and Andrew Castelein, the part-time athletic trainer for SRRHS, come out to the schools two days a week for a couple of hours. They usually are not on-site for games, but they are available for student athletes when they do get injured.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Oct. 3, issue of the Camp Verde Journal.


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