When student-athletes participate in sports, getting a bruise or scrape is a natural occurrence; athletes winding up in the emergency room should not be – especially when most injuries are preventable. That’s where the expertise of an athletic trainer is important. March is National Athletic Training Month, understanding what the job of an athletic trainer entails and how vital an ATC is to a school and sports program is essential.

In August 2018, Kevinz Carpio joined the Fairmont Preparatory Academy staff as the Athletic Trainer. A one-person powerhouse, Kevinz attends over 100 games between fall and spring sports. His goal is to ensure every player’s safety. At a typical game, he’s both proactive and reactive; this is akin to playing offense and defense at the same time.

“Athletic trainers do a lot more than just water and tape, if necessary I will even look out for the opposing team in the case of an emergency,” Kevinz said. Athletic trainers are highly educated and nationally certified, with an extensive background in pre-season and in-season conditioning and nutritional counseling. They can monitor the physical and psychological condition of the student-athlete both in and out of season, plus actively participate in the selection, fitting and proper care of protective equipment for each athlete. Athletic trainers are proficient in the acute care of injuries and illnesses, therapeutic exercise for the physically active, general medical conditions and disabilities, nutrition, health care administration and concussion assessment, treatment, management, and rehabilitation. Their primary function, however, is recognizing and evaluating athletic injuries.

As Fairmont’s athletic program grows and gains recognition, the need for a first-rate athletic trainer is vital. Creating a positive school culture, healthy student-athletes, and working directly with the coaching staff, Kevinz serves as a critical component in the athletic program at Fairmont Prep.