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The Trainer

The Trainer

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The Trainer

Länge:
57 Seiten
46 Minuten
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jul 14, 2013
ISBN:
9781301667970
Format:
Buch

Beschreibung

This is the first tale of an athletic trainer who gets a job working for a women's college basketball team. It follows the teams journey from beginning of season practice through tournament time. The team is dealt several setbacks with injuries throughout the season. He along with a female assistant must do everything in there power to keep the injured girls on the court or return them as soon as they safely can. The story carries plenty of sports drama as well as touches on the social interactions between the players. All the while they deal with injuries ranging from back spasms to ruptured Achilles tendon's and everything in between.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jul 14, 2013
ISBN:
9781301667970
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Ann Kler has been writing stories geared towards very specific audiences for over 20 years. Ann's work has been read on the internet for years and is now available at smashbooks. feel free to email at annkler@yahoo.com

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The Trainer - Ann Kler

The Trainer

Ann Kler

Copyright Ann Kler 2013

Published at Smashwords

The Trainer

Having found myself out of work due to a slow economy, I looked through the paper to see what might be available. I saw an ad for the local university looking for athletic trainers. My resume included being a student trainer when I was in college, being an EMT for the first 8 years of my career, and having safety director being one of my many titles from my last job. This meant that I was in charge of evaluating and treating workplace injuries as they may have occurred around the plant. I emailed in my resume not expecting a lot, but I ended up getting a call from the athletic director to come in for an interview.

The interview went well, it was explained to me that it would be a part time position that for the near term would involve taking care of the women’s basketball team. After thinking about it for a few minutes I accepted the job. Not only would it supplement my income it would give me the opportunity to interact with some young female athletes. I had read some of the early reports and the team was expected to have a good year.

I showed up for the first practice and took in the makeup of the team. It was an interesting mix of personalities that made up the team. The one who stood out above the crowd literally was Tammy. She was the center and at 6’3" she was easily the tallest girl on the team. I estimated her weight at 210 and playing at center she was pretty intimidating in the paint. She looked good with her blonde hair and her size was not the first thing to strike you, she had long legs and she looked very feminine despite her size.

Rochelle was a forward, who at 5’10" looked like she knew what she was doing on the court. I took it that she was the team leader, she was the captain and seemed to have the power of control over the rest of the team.

The power forward was Elke. She was German and carried a heavy accent. My initial observation said that she wasn’t accepted by the rest of the players because she was from Germany. She was cold and deducing in her style of play and seemed indifferent to the fact that she didn’t seem fully accepted socially by the rest of the team. She was 5’11" and about 140 pounds. Her shoulder length brown hair made her very attractive on the floor.

Tameka was the point guard. She kept to herself and at 5’6" 140 pounds seemed like a formidable player. These 4 girls formed the nucleus of the starting team the rest would shuttle in and out and were all good players in there own right, but none of them had the skill set of the main 4 girls.

There was Amy at 5’4 and Molly who was 5’6. Jenny was 5’8 she had the heart of a champion but just didn’t have the skills or as I was soon to find out, the knee to go with it. Florence or Flo as the girls called her was 5’5, she had an adequate outside shot, but couldn’t do much on the inside. Marci and Jan were the other 2 girls on the team. Neither of them stood out for there skills but seemed to contribute in practice patiently awaiting there chance to play. Two other girls had left the team for personal reasons before the season. This created some concerns about the bench strength of the team.

All in all this looked like a pretty healthy group of girls. Jenny wore a hinged brace on her left knee that indicated to me she had at some time tore her ACL. Upon checking with her she indicated that she had in fact torn her ACL and torn her meniscus for which she had surgery when she was a junior in high school. It still swelled up on her when she played for extended periods and it needed to be iced down after long practices or extended playing time.

Tammy had a neoprene sleeve underneath her shoe and sock on her left ankle. Upon inquiring she explained that she had sprained her ankle badly 2 years ago when she was a sophomore and that it still felt unstable.

After the first practice I had an icepack ready for Jenny when she came off the floor. Some swelling was evident in the knee and she gladly accepted it. I had an icepack prepared for Tammy but she declined saying that her ankle felt fine.

It was evident that Jenny was in some pain. She took off her knee brace and laid back on the training table. Did you suffer some sort of injury to it recently? I inquired. Well I was out running about a month ago to get into shape for the season she began the story. I stepped in a hole and sort of jammed the knee she said sadly. I had the brace on so it didn’t twist or anything she continued with a wince as I tested her range of motion. After that once I get to about a mile it begins to swell up. "I had to pretty much limit myself to riding a stationary bike, it

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