Athletic Trainer Profile: Emerald Damge

Q&A with new ThunderRidge High School Athletic Trainer Emerald Damge
Posted on 12/06/2018
Emerald DamgeMeet Emerald Damge, new Athletic Trainer at ThunderRidge High School

How many years have you been at your DCSD school?

Less than a year

Where did you go to school?

Valley City State University

What is your favorite thing about working at your school?

Getting the opportunity to work with the student aides

What is your best memory while working at your DCSD school?

Coming back at the beginning of this Fall season and having my students so excited to see me.

What are some other professional experiences you have had?

I had the privilege of being chosen as the senior Athletic Training Student for my university. That was probably the best experience I could have gotten to prepare me for the start of my career.

What are you surprisingly good at?


What is the biggest proof that you are good at what you do?

When athletes are comfortable and confident enough to actually ask for help.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Honestly, getting my certification is still something I am very proud of. I had to work hard, coming in as a transfer student to catch up with my graduating class. Plus I am horrible at test taking, so the entire event was quite stressful

What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

This. Athletic Training is what I have wanted to do since I was in high school and I love every minute of it.

Family details: My amazing parents are Walker and Sally Damge. I have one younger sister, Olivia. I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, where my parents still live.

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