Maplewood junior thrives at Vanderbilt Sports Medicine workshop alongside other Tennessee students

Vanderbilt Sports Medicine is a community partner of Maplewood High School's Academy of Sports Medicine. Students in this smaller learning community have the opportunity to learn about physical therapy, rehabilitation from injury, and quick response techniques to treat athletes before, during, and after competitions. Greg F. writes about his experiences working as a trainer at Maplewood High School football and basketball games and enhancing his knowledge at the Advanced Workshop of the Student Athletic Training Conference. The event was hosted at Vanderbilt Medical Center on January 21, 2012. Maplewood student attends sports medicine workshop

I am currently a junior in the Academy of Health and Emergency Services at Maplewood Comprehensive High School, and since September 2011 I have been working as an athletic training student with the school’s Certified Athletic Trainer from Vanderbilt Sports Medicine. I help provide care to the football and basketball athletes at Maplewood during games and practices and was even able to work the sideline of the football state championship game this year.

My interest in being an athletic training student was sparked because I wanted the opportunity to work and learn hands-on with a health care professional. Since working with my certified athletic trainer I have learned about all aspects of athletic training, such as taping, stretching, icing, injury management, injury rehabilitation, and wound care. I also have developed as a professional and have discovered the importance of staying calm during stressful situations and serious injuries.

In January, I attended an Advanced Student Athletic Training Conference at Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, where I was able to learn advanced skills and meet other athletic training students from around the state. After graduating from Maplewood, I plan on attending college to pursue a degree in athletic training and would like to continue to play baseball competitively.