Symposium to challenge, recognize athletic training student aides
HIGHLANDS RANCH — ThunderRidge High School (TRHS) will host the First Annual Athletic Training Student Aide Symposium and Challenge on Monday, February 10.
Students who volunteer in the training rooms at DCSD high schools are encouraged to sign-up and compete in events designed to demonstrate practical knowledge and cognitive skills related to the field of athletic training.
Coordinated by TRHS Athletic Trainer David Whitelock, the event has been designed to recognize and reward students who spend countless hours supporting athletic teams throughout Douglas County.
“We were trying to find a way to recognize the high school students that work with me in the training room,” explains Whitelock. “They put in 500-600 volunteer hours, helping me take care of the athletes during their practices and games. We’re just working behind the scenes making sure everybody stays safe and healthy.”
Training assistants will have an opportunity to step out from the sidelines and participate in an evening of competition and camaraderie. Students will compete for points in both practical and skill-based competitions, as well as knowledge-based challenges.
In addition to providing recognition for athletic training students aides, Whitelock says there will be displays related to the work done behind the scenes to keep players healthy and in the game.
“My hope is that the event will provide insight for students that are interested in being a physician’s assistant, physical therapist, surgeon or even a trauma nurse—it’s an excellent way to see how the profession works,” Whitelock said.
“Putting together a production like this is a new experience for me,” he added, Whitelock.
Even though he is a little nervous about pulling all the details together, he is committed to honoring student volunteers and bringing the profession of athletic training into the spotlight.
“We want to get it out there and have the parents know that’s what is going on with our kids, and we want athletic directors to notice.”
Advance registration is required to participate in symposium events. Those interested in joining the competition should contact the athletic trainer at their high school.
The event will be held on February 10 from 5-9 p.m. at ThunderRidge High School (1991 Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch). Spectators are welcome to attend. For additional information, contact David Whitelock, 303-387-2190.