Our athletic trainer, Josh Severin, has been with Trigg County for almost four years.
On a typical football practice day, Severin is busy completing paperwork and incident reports from the day before. He also plans modified workouts for those who are recovering from injuries so that practice can be beneficial to those athletes. Once players start coming to the fieldhouse, Severin has the responsibility of taping up ankles, fingers, elbows and any other injury.
Throughout football practice, Severin must monitor the weather to ensure that the heat index is within the allowed limit set by the KHSAA. Based on the readings, players may have to take required 30-minute breaks, practice without shoulder pads or even stop practicing.
On game days, Severin may walk some players through extra stretches if they are sore or “banged up” from a week of practice. Just as some of our opponents can be harder on our coaches and players, opponents can make Severin’s job harder, too. Severin said, “Some other schools either don’t have trainers or don’t send them on away games, so I may have double the number of players to work on.”
In addition to football and basketball, Severin is also responsible for helping with other sports. During each fall, winter and spring, he has about three sports each he must tend to. Head boys basketball coach Payton Croft talks about what Josh means to his program. “I consider him a part of our staff because he cares for and about our kids.”
Although Severin is Trigg County High School’s only athletic trainer, he does have some help. The student managers on the football team are Michelle Maroney, Sarah Dunn, Kalin McGee and Kailesha Anderson. In addition to helping Severin, the managers’ main job is to make sure the players have water. While this may seem like a simple task, it can sometimes be a stressful job.
Maroney says that one of the perks of being a manager is the fact that she can get into the games for free. Also, managers who have helped all four years of high school receive a Trigg County Football letter jacket. Even with the rewards, Maroney says that she likes being a manager mainly because it gives her something to do, especially in the summer.
A member of a football team doesn’t have to wear a jersey or carry around a playbook. Sometimes, the people with medical tape and water bottles are just as important to the team as a whole. We thank Josh Severin and the student managers for all the care they provide for our student athletes.
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