March 20, 2012

Athletic Training Club to Host Jennifer Webb Memorial 5K Run In March

Jennifer Webb Memorial 5K

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The month of March is National Athletic Training Month and in conjunction with the national month long celebration, the Campbell’s Athletic Training Club will be hosting the Jennifer Webb Memorial 5K on March 31 at 4 p.m., announced interim head athletic trainer Jackie Knight.

Registration for the event will begin at 3 p.m. on the day of the race. Race day registration is $25 but pre-race registration is discounted to $15. If children ages 6-12 wish to run it will be $5. Those that pre-register for the race will also be given a t-shirt. Those that wish to register online can go to www.active.com and enter the key words “Jennifer Webb”

The race is 3.1 miles around the Campbell University campus in Buies Creek and will start at the Irwin Belk Track.

For more information please call/email Catherine Simonson at 910-814-5712 / simonsonc@campbell.edu or Brandon Grecinger at 910-308-2509 / bpgrecinger0320@email.campbell.edu

Jennifer Webb Memorial 5k is sponsored by the Athletic Training Club.  The run celebrates the life of Jennifer Webb, a 22-year-old certified athletic trainer who was completing a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) at Campbell when she was killed in an automobile accident in 2000.

Athletic training is practices by athletic trainers (AT), health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients across age and care continuums.  Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.  ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes. 

Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of people – not just athletes participating in sports- and do not train people as personal or fitness trainers do.  However, the AT profession was founded on providing medical services to athletes.  NATA represents more than 34,000 members in the US and internationally, and there are about 40,000 ATs practicing nationally.  NATA represents students in 325 accredited collegiate academic programs, including Campbell University.  The athletic training profession began early in the 20th century, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association was established in 1950.

The role of an athletic trainer falls into these 6 domains: injury prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning, organization and administration, and professional development.   

Athletic trainers do more than what most people think.  They are normally seen as “water boys” or that they just tape ankles.  In reality the life of an athletic trainer is quite different.  Keeping the athletes hydrated and taping are parts of the job but they are small parts of what an athletic trainer does on a daily basis. 

At the collegiate level the day typically begins around 8 a.m.  The beginning of the morning is spent checking emails and voicemails and returning calls.  Then time is spent getting rehab plans ready for the athletes that will be seen that day.  Until the athletes arrive there is paperwork to be done (injury reports, rehab notes, doctor’s notes, etc.), doctor’s appointments and MRI’s to schedule, injury reports need to be sent to both sport coaches and strength and conditioning coaches, and anything else that might come up.  Eventually athletes begin arriving if they haven’t already.  Then it’s a barrage of treatments like electrical stimulation or ultrasound, rehabilitation, and lots and lots of ice. An hour lunch break, if one is lucky to get a full hour, is followed by more treatments and rehab.  Yes, there is usually some taping involved but it’s not always ankles.  Athletic trainers frequently tape wrists, elbows, and toes as well among other areas.  At some point in this mad pre-practice rush, coolers will need to be filled with water to keep the athletes hydrated.  Each sport is a little different.  For basketball, for example, one 10 gallon cooler with water and ice, one 5 gallon cooler with ice and bags, and 15 water bottles.  For football it would be a little more…four 20 gallon waterboy drink stations, four 10 gallon coolers of water and ice, one 15 gallon ice chest, and approximately eight 6-packs of water bottles.  A 2+ hour practice ensues and hopefully the team gets out of it with little or no injuries and then the post-practice activity begins.  The athletic trainers need to clean up all water, clean the coolers and water bottles, post-practice treatments, and then more paperwork.  An easy and “short” day ends around 6:30pm, on a good day and then it happens all over again tomorrow.  Athletic trainers don’t do this job for the money, short hours, extra benefits, or glory because those things rarely exist in the world of athletic training.  One of the best feelings in the world is seeing an athlete return to 100% after you have seen them injured and then helped them get back to the sport they love.