By Kieron Coleman |Staff Writer|
When a student athlete gets injured they rely on the knowledge of the athletic trainers to get back on their feet.
Laura Tropila is the main trainer of the well-being and rehabilitation of our student-athletes.
Tropila earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and later earned her master’s from the University of Arizona.
With such a short season in college athletics, the training room is somewhere many would rather avoid spending their time.
However, our athletes are grateful for the amount of time and effort the staff puts in to ensure the success of the teams.
The athletes have protocols, provided by Tropila or assistant athletic trainer Pat Walsh, to stick with.
“Our first thought as trainers is how to get the athlete fully recovered,” said Tropila.
Many athletes try to cover up their injuries and rush back into participation.
“We make sure to see an injured athlete every day,” said Walsh.
“This enables us to keep the coach informed on any improvements while making sure the athlete is recovering correctly,” continued Walsh.
When looking at an ankle injury there is an adherence to protocol. Athletes start by icing frequently as well as using bandages to remove swelling.
Afterward, players focus on regaining their strength by using bands, practicing balance and doing rotational exercises. Using bands, and doing balance and rotational exercises helps to strengthen the ankle.
When returning to physical activitiy athletes are suggested to record their ankle and running fitness test in order to keep track of their progress.
Tropila and her staff are a big asset to helping keep the Coyotes on the field and off the bench.