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Athletic Trainer Student Aide Competition



The students gathered at Highlands Ranch High School are no strangers to competition. Thunder Ridge student Brittan Ingalls is motivated by one point losses each of the last two years, “Tonight is definitely our night.” Being in the spotlight is fairly new territory for these students though. “Athletic training is kind of a behind the scenes type of profession,” explains Thunder Ridge trainer and event organizer David Whitelock.

This is the fourth annual Athletic Trainer’s Student Aide Challenge. It’s a sort of showcase for the anonymous. The first event is a timed ankle wrapping competition. They have four minutes to finish a good wrap while demonstrating proper technique. It’s the kind of thing that comes in handy when you are responsible for fixing up an entire football team in a half hour. 

Students are also getting a chance to network. Representatives from local colleges are on hand to offer advice and get a look at the next generation. “It’s basically the future of athletic training right here in one little challenge,” says Metro State student Noah Rudder.

Speaking of challenges, next comes the 100 question test. There is a 50 minute time limit. The enthusiasm of the small groups gathered around laptops is an impressive sight to Rudder. “Their passion for what they’re doing is phenomenal and I keep telling people here that I wish I had something like this when I was in high school.”

While the intense focus on the future is hard to miss, tonight is about bragging rights. After three hours of competition Highlands Ranch High School was crowned the winner. It was another narrow loss for Thunder Ridge. To all the students competing on this night the experience is a win.


March 10, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Athletics and Activities, High School Education

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