One of my central fullbacks had a hip flexor strain. Ms. Caponi provided daily treatment and advice on what the player needed to do in order to prevent further damage and get back into the starting line-up. The same player suffered a concussion in our second round state playoff game and Ms. Caponi provided her services in this situation as well. She did a great job in following up with both of these injuries the player sustained.
In October 2011, I was faced with the disease known as Transverse Myelitis. If affects your spinal column and nerves. I had just finished teaching for the day. After I dismissed students I began to feel my legs tingling and my back was in terrible pain. I knew something was terribly wrong. Within one hour I had lost feeling from the waist down. I was paralyzed for one week then intense therapy followed. I began therapy with Southeastern Lifestyle Center for Rehabilitation on December 4.
My son started therapy December 12, 2011, with Occupational Therapist Sara Rose. I’m seeing improvements with Joseph every day. His therapist gives him activities that help him focus on one particular thing for a longer period of time. With therapy and medication. Joseph’s grades have improved dramatically. Joseph even has homework to help improve his handwriting. I can definitely see improvements when he is taking his time.
In 2010 I was faced with cancer in both breasts. I did extremely well with chemo and radiation. Lymph nodes were removed under each arm. In August of last year, I noticed swelling in my left arm and hand. It was diagnosed as Lymphedema. I started treatment in late August with the help of my therapist, Lisa Donovan. That November I started a compression sleeve and gauntlet for my left hand. I noticed improvements pretty quickly.
“I’m not in a wheelchair” On April 7, 2009 I was in a car accident and Life flighted to Duke. Doctors told my family they didn’t think I would survive. I came home in June and began my therapy. I finished high school in 2010 at the age of 16 and was able to get out of the wheelchair and use a Hemi-walker at graduation.
Over the summer I began working with Matt for football season. I thought it would be just a fun experience, but I learned so much more it was unreal. I have learned about injuries and what may cause them. I can now wrap ankles and wrists. If someone wanted to go into athletic training I would tell them to work with their athletic trainer at their high school. You learn a lot as well as make many new friends. Matt is the best trainer to come through LHS. He helped me with my injuries as w...
I have had a wide variety of injuries over my time playing football. If it wasn’t for Matt I would have never been able to finish my senior season. “Athletes are the machines, Trainers are the Mechanics.”
I sprained my shoulder in a football game. Ms. Caroline helped me get well by doing a lot of therapy with me. I had to use the bands to do stretches for my shoulder. Ms. Caroline still continues to show me exercises to strengthen my shoulder during the wrestling season. I plan to attend ECU and become a Cardiologist. I want to double major in Biology and Chemistry.
I have been a part of Robeson County sports since recreational days. For the past two years Robeson county sports have provided athletic trainers for high school athletes. South Robeson High’s athletic trainer, Mrs. Faith Johnson, has been very good at her job. She makes it safe and you feel more protected when you play a sport. She has also encouraged me to go into the field of sports medicine. This summer I was able to attend the sports medicine camp at the Southeastern Lifestyle Center as a...
The addition of Caroline Taylor to our athletic staff has been extremely beneficial to Saint Pauls High School. As a certified athletic trainer, she has helped to prepare athletes for practice and competition, developed and implemented emergency action plans, implemented treatment and rehabilitation programs for injured athletes, determined athlete readiness for return to play, and provided first response to acute injuries.
As the head football coach, athletic trainers have been a great asset to me and my program. I value player safety, and although I care deeply for each of my players, I feel safer with an athletic trainer’s unbiased opinion of any and all injuries.
I also think it saves valuable time when there are rehab requirements and assessments of injuries. My athletic trainer provides extensive and rigorous rehab, prior to allowing a student athlete to return to the practice or game field.
We are extremely privileged to have a medical provider who understands s the importance of having a Licensed Athletic Trainer in each of the high schools within the Public Schools of Robeson County. Southeastern Health has been assisting Lumberton High School athletics by providing an athletic trainer for years and we are exceptionally fortunate to have Matt Ferrell as our Athletic Trainer.