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    Athletic Training can be a very rewarding profession.  As an Athletic Trainer, you will be part of a team that is responsible for the well-being of the athletes at Deer Park High School.  You will learn how to administer first aid, how to apply preventative taping, and how to rehabilitate our student athletes after injury.  Because of this, you will be a very important person not only to the individual athlete, but also to the overall success of our athletic teams.

    YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    It is important to note that athletic training is not a club; it is a job.  You will have responsibilities and be held accountable for them. You will be an important part of the team, which means we need responsible people to work as student trainers.  The athletes, coaches, and staff athletic trainers must be able to count on you to be there when you are needed.

    As with any job, you may be required to work on some holidays through the school year and report early in August prior to the start of school.

    Just as with the players, if your team is practicing during a holiday (Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, etc.), you will be expected to be on duty as well.  Punishment or points off may result as a result of missing practice during the holidays.

    We realize the importance of Church, and Athletic Training should not interfere with normal Church activities.  There will be no work/practices on Sundays, and practices on Wednesday should end in time for you to attend Church.  There may be an occasional game rescheduled for Wednesday, which would interfere with you going to Church that night.  Also, Church activities scheduled on nights other than Sunday and Wednesday may conflict with your Training schedule.  You will be expected to work your games on these nights unless someone can cover the games for you and arrangements are made in advance.

    Schoolwork is more important than anything else you do at school.  You will be allowed to take your books to practice and on bus trips so that you may do your homework.  Time will be allowed for tutoring, retaking tests, and other measures needed to maintain your grades.  However, you should attempt to schedule these events during non-practice times.  You will be required to let the staff trainers know in advance should you need off for schoolwork issues. 

    All Trainers are required to work Football and one other sport (girls/boys basketball, girls/boys soccer, softball, or baseball).

    ALL football practices, including freshman football, are held at the South campus.  Freshman football athletic period is 1st period.  Trainers and players report to South campus and take the shuttle busses from South to North in time to make it to second period.

    A typical work week for Freshmen during football season is as follows:  NOTE – If size permits, the freshman staff will be divided in half – Team A and Team B.  The staffs will alternate weeks throughout the season.

    Team A:

    • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – Report to South campus in the morning, work morning treatments and freshman football practice/athletic training class period.  Take shuttle bus to North for school day.  No after school duties.
    • Thursday – Report to South campus in the morning, work morning treatments and freshman football practice/athletic training class period.  Take shuttle bus to North for school day.  After school, take the shuttle bus to South and work freshman football games.  Typically done by 10pm depending on travel.
    • Friday – Report to South campus in the morning, work morning treatments and freshman football practice/athletic training class period.  Take shuttle bus to North for School day.  No game duties.
    • Saturday – No Saturday clean up duties.

    Team B:

    • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – Report to South campus at start of school and work athletic training class period.  Take shuttle bus to North for school day.  After school, take the shuttle bus from North to South and work varsity football practice.  Typically done by 7pm.
    • Thursday – Report to South campus at start of school and work athletic training class period.  Take shuttle to North for school day.  No after school duties.
    • Friday – Report to South campus at start of school and work athletic training class period.  Take shuttle bus to North for school day.  After school, take the shuttle bus to South and varsity football game.  Typically done by 11pm depending on travel.
    • Saturday – Morning treatment and clean up 8:15am-11am.

    A typical work week for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors during football season is as follows:

    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – Non-freshman staff will be divided into teams of 2 or 3 and rotate working morning treatments.  Non-freshman staff will be in 7th period athletic period and work 7th period and after school varsity football practice.  Typically done by 7pm.
    • Thursday – Work sub-varsity football games.  Typically done by 10pm depending upon travel.
    • Friday – Work varsity football game.  Typically done by 11pm depending upon travel.
    • Saturday – Morning treatment and clean up 8:15am-11am.  If staff size permits, we will divide staff and alternate weeks.

    If staff size permits, you will receive one day a week off. (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday).  On your off day, you will be permitted to leave when the team goes out to practice.

    As stated above, there is a lot of hard work, long hours, and responsibility that comes with being an Athletic Trainer.  You will have to do some “grunge” work and give up some of your free time.  But, Athletic Training is also a very fun and rewarding organization.  You will be an integral part of a sports team.  You will gain friendships both on the Athletic Training staff and with the athletes you work with.  It allows you to be a big part of Deer Park High School.  You will learn about sports medicine, which you can use later in life.  You may have an opportunity to continue as an Athletic Trainer in college, possibly on a scholarship.  And, you will be able to participate in fellowship activities with your fellow student trainers.  We feel that it is truly an opportunity to enrich your High School experience. 

    So, if you feel you would like to be an athletic Trainer, simply fill out the Student Trainer Application and return it to Jim Davidson at the training room or turn into your campus counselor.  Your counselor will interoffice your application and additional requirements to us.