Class of 2013
Athletic Training Major
During a football game at Kellie Adams’ high school, one of the players was hit in the head and suffered a severe concussion.
By observing the local hospital’s volunteer athletic trainers administer care to the football player, Kellie knew she wanted to follow in their footsteps. “I have always been interested in medicine,” she said. “I enjoy watching sports so I think athletic training is a good fit for me.”
Getting hands-on training is a big part of the athletic training program at BC. Kellie prepares the College’s athletes for practices and competitions by performing stretching techniques and taping various body parts. “A big part of what we do is prevention of injuries,” said Kellie. “We make sure they are doing things properly for their sport.”
At game time, Kellie is on the sidelines ready to be a first responder in case of an injury on the field. “We always have to be on our feet and ready to address anything that might happen,” she said. Members of the athletic training faculty are also on the field during games. “We can’t cover without them [the athletic training faculty],” said Kellie.
On days when the athletes do not have practice, Kellie works in the rehabilitation center where she takes the athletes’ history and checks their range of motion and muscle strength. Leading the athletes through exercises, Kellie strives to get them to a better level than before they were injured and back onto the field.
“One of my biggest challenges with the athletic training program is time management,” said Kellie. “The courses are very demanding and I work approximately 20 hours a week.” Planning her time has become very important. “I have to think through the week before I get to it,” she said.
Kellie has incorporated her athletic training skills into her service-learning at BC. During a wrestling tournament at Strasburg High School, she worked with the head athletic trainer assessing and taking care of injuries. “This experience helped me build confidence,” she said.
The athletic training program has been good for Kellie in other ways as well. “I was always the shy, quiet person who didn’t want to talk to anyone,” she said, “but with athletic training communication is such a crucial role for what we do. That has definitely made me become more confident and able to communicate better.”
As for her future career plans, Kellie sees herself as an athletic trainer at a high school or working in clinics or doing physical training with the military.