Sneak Peek: UE Athletic Training Education Program
As a sophomore in the athletic training education program (ATEP) we have about six rotations throughout the school year, four rotations are six weeks long, one is four weeks long, and the other four week rotation is off! Currently I'm with my second rotation and am assigned to men's soccer. Here's a peek at what it's like to be at both a practice and then game day...enjoy!
Game day Eve (Friday practice):
3 p.m. | Report to the athletic training room (ATR) an hour before practice begins; will get prepped for practice, and provide any treatments or taping athletes need. Along with the senior who is working with the team all year, freshmen also rotate through the athletic teams, usually three or four freshmen are with each team at a time. Practice prep. includes getting a cart ready with water, Gatorade, cups, ice, towels, and an AED. On Friday I also taped a couple athletes (ankle, wrist) and provided treatment such as heat (hot packs) and E-stim (Electrical stimulation).
4 p.m. | Practice begins and went until about 5:30. During practice we are present on the sidelines throughout practice and ready if needed.
5:30 p.m. | Back in the ATR for post-practice treatments which on this day included ice and E-stim again.
6 p.m. | Post-practice treatments are done and free to go!
Game day (Saturday, vs. Bradley)
8:30 a.m. | Report to ATR an hour before training to get cart ready and again any treatments or taping needed by athletes.
9:30 a.m. | Training begins, present on sidelines, ends about 10 a.m. After training, back to the ATR for post-practice treatments if needed. In this case I set up E-stim, ice, and a compression boot.
10:30 a.m. | Quick break, got brunch from Ridgway and back to ATR within 15 minutes, freshmen reporting at 11 a.m.
11 a.m. | Freshmen arrive and we all begin sideline set-up which includes numerous coolers, towels, cups, ice chests, crutches, splint bag, water bottles, and enough supplies to make us a 3-person caravan headed out to the sidelines with carts galore. Athletes also start coming through the ATR for pre-game treatments such as heating, stretching, taping, and possibly E-stim.
12:45 p.m. | Warm-ups begin on field, sidelines have been set up, now we're present on the sidelines if needed.
2 p.m. | Game time!!! During the game we're on the sidelines (Freshmen--you could be on the sidelines of a Division I soccer game! (Or volleyball, or basketball, or baseball, etc.) Just one reason the UE ATEP is fantastic!) and have water and Gatorade ready for subs. If an emergency were to occur on the field we would respond first, and as the athletes need anything we are ready (cramping - need to be rolled out, sprained ankle - need to be taped). This game went into double overtime tied 1-1, but unfortunately ended with a 2-1 loss.
About 4:30 p.m. | Post-game; clean-up the sidelines, any treatments athletes need.
6 p.m. | Game day over and free to go!