This is my second year being a student athletic trainer for the VHS sports medicine team. When I joined the team in 2013, I had no idea how great an experience it was going to be. Two summers ago, I attended the West Coast Sports Medicine athletic training camps. Here, I got my CPR & First-aid certification and learned the basic tape jobs, skills, emergency protocols, and concussion procedures crucial to the field of sports medicine. Through out the school year, I perfected the required tape jobs & skills, studied for competitions, interacted with health care professionals, and learned to take initiative and respond confidently to any situation.
Being a part of this team has been a major time commitment in my life. I worked a total of 200 hours last year and I have already worked 80 hours this year. I joined last year because I aspired to work in the health care field and my experience taking care of athletes and learning about human anatomy and physiology have prepared me for my career goals: to become a physical therapist and eventually run my own program. Furthermore, this program has opened many doors for me. I have had the priviledge to partake in invaluable learning opportunities, such as meeting with USC trainers for a concussion simulation. Also, I plan on using connections gained through this program to apply for an internship in the field of sports medicine.
This amazing program would not exist if not for our ATC and coach, Kirsten Farrell. She sacrifices both her time and money to run this reputable program for the benefit of both the student-athletes and trainers. Thus, we are greatly indebted to her for her dedication to the team and because she pitched in over $5,000 to cover expenses for our trips and competitions last year. Participating in the Washington State Sports Medicine competition, a rigorous three day event consisting of tests, practicals, student-run forum presentations, and health care speeches, alone costs over $1,000 per person. Therefore, as a program that trains future health care innovators, we would greatly appreciate any donations so that the VHS Sports Medicine team can continue to grow and benefit our school and community.
"We are the only sports medicine program in LAUSD and the only national honors society on the Venice High School campus. Our student athletic trainers take care of the student-athletes, providing treatment both on and off the field. Furthermore, we participate in California and Washington State sports medicine competitions annually..."
- VHS Sports Medicine Team
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