The Friday night lights illuminate plenty of interesting sights. Throughout this high school football season, we’ll spotlight some of those who play an integral part in the action beyond the field.
Paige Derry, senior, Cedar Ridge student athletic trainer
What are your responsibilities on game day?
We all have our individual duties, but overall we make sure that we have the necessary equipment to take care of the players in case of an injury.
The Cedar Ridge student trainers are called RATS? Tell me a little about that nickname.
Well at first, (Melissa Harrington, Cedar Ridge’s head athletic trainer) called us ‘CRATS’ (Cedar Ridge Athletic Trainers), but then the student trainers shortened it to ‘RATS’ (Raider Athletic Training Students) because it was a funnier abbreviation, so it just stuck with us!
What is your favorite thing about being a student trainer?
Man, where do I begin? There are a lot of things I love about student training, but what I absolutely love about the program is becoming a family, not only with fellow trainers but with the athletes.
What is the toughest thing about being a student trainer?
The toughest thing for me is seeing athletes who I had become close to (like family) get seriously injured during a game, and having to keep calm and not be too anxious about not knowing the severity right away.
How much training goes into becoming a student trainer?
This is my fourth year of being a student athletic trainer, and I still feel like I am being trained! There are the basic things that all trainers know, but every day I learn something new! (Whether it is) learning how to strengthen, heal, rehabilitate or stabilize an injury; there’s always something to learn in the training room!
How much time do you have to devote to being a student trainer?
Overall I would say about 85 percent of my high school life has been devoted to athletic training! Coming into the program, Mrs. H had warned us that our social life was going to disappear … little did I know how honest she was being! There is always something going on in the training room between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
What is your favorite sport to work?
I practically grew up at the Dell Diamond because my family has been season-ticket holders since the Express’ inaugural season, so baseball is my favorite sport to work! The energy that the boys always have is like none else! I love to hear the boys heckle & use baseball slang!