liftingNew trainers and conditioning coaches start last July in decreasing injuries for students

By Kelly Chian, ’16

Over the summer, Upper Arlington School District changed its training staff from Ohio Health to Ohio State University Sports Medicine. Additionally, the conditioning coaches are headed by Austin Addington-Strapp. The switch will save Upper Arlington School Districts $300,000 over the next five years.

The previous trainers, Ryan Weible and Stephanie Cepec, will be replaced with Tom Evans and Jackie Detrick. Evans has been a certified athletic trainers since 1999 and has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. Jackie has been a certified athletic trainer since 2001 and has a master’s degree in developmental kinesiology and a bachelor’s degree in physical education. One additional trainer will split the time between Jones and Hastings Middle Schools.

Tom Evans, one of the athletic trainers, started his position this past July.

“UA schools made the decision to have an agreement with Ohio State Sports Medicine to provide medical coverage for the high school and middle schools,” Evans said. “I was chosen by OSU to represent them as one of their Athletic Trainers at UAHS.”

Evans wants students to heal and to start playing quickly but safely.

“I hope to achieve an environment in the Training Room that fosters education, rehabilitation, prevention, and an enjoyable place to have to visit,” Evans said. “Being in the Training Room is usually not a lot of fun for kids because that usually means something is wrong with them.”

In the past three months, Evans’ experience at UAHS has been positive.

“My experience at UA so far has been great. The people and the kids have been great,” Evans said. “This is a very big place to try and operate a medical facility like the Training Room. The support system that is in place is like very few places.”

Aside from the new trainers, the new conditioning coaches now train the students. Strapp has been heading conditioning sessions for various sports teams and individuals. He graduated from Ohio Dominican University with a Sport Management degree in 2009 and earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology/Sport Administration at Bowling Green University. Strapp has been conditioning for universities like Ohio Dominican University, Illinois University and Columbus State College.

Strapp wants the training to extend further for the students.

“My goal goes beyond the physiological developments; we try to increase their capacities as people,” Strapp said. “They can have a more mature approach generally and physically, I can run a orthopedically safe program.”

To make sure all students can train well, Strapp tries to begin with the basics.

“We start with a fundamental approach making sure they have a strong foundation,” Strapp said.

Like Evans, both want to encourage fewer injuries.

“Our number one goal is to prevent injury and secondarily, to enhance their performance,” Strapp said.

Each training session depends on the sport and time of year.

“Getting them to listen is the hardest part. I have high expectations. We have mature, professional topics that we need them to understand,” Strapp said. “Getting the students to do that everyday is probably the most frustration I have.”

Strapp wants the students to do conditioning with a set goal in mind.

“It’s not just lifting weights or running, but it’s training with a purpose,” Strapp said, “so that it is safe and [students] are getting the most out of their training session.”