Becoming a Student Athletic Trainer


“The Athletes’ Health & Welfare Is Our First Priority”

Spartan Student Athletic Trainer Application

Our Athletic Training Students currently work with 20 sports, 60 teams and over 1000 athletes on a daily basis throughout the year going from sport to sport.

Athletic Training is a great way to meet and get to know other students, athletes, coaches, administrators, and some area physicians.  The Spartans Sports Medicine program is also a great way to gain valuable medical experience if you are interested in the Medical field as a profession, and looks great on resumes and college applications.

Becoming a member of the Athletic Training Staff will make considerable demands on you and your time.  The Coaches and athletes depend heavily on the Athletic Training Staff.  As an Athletic Training Student, you will work practices and games – home and away.

If you are interested in becoming a Spartans Athletic Training Student, please complete the attached application and return the application  along with a copy of your most recent report card to the Athletic Training Room at Cy-Lakes.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact an Athletic Trainer


 Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your son/daughter has expressed an interest in becoming an Athletic Training Student at Cy-Lakes High School.  This letter, along with the application is being provided in order to give you some insight into who we are, and what we do as Athletic Trainers.

Your son/daughter will be asked to fill out this application which will require the signature of both you and your child.  This will allow us to check everything in their accumulative files in the counselor’s office.

We are looking for students who enjoy helping others, have good work and study habits, positive attitudes, highly motivated, and will be dedicated to the program.  They must be willing to work some long and hard hours throughout the week and on some weekends according to athletic schedules.

If your son/daughter is selected to be a part of our Athletic Training Staff, they will be on a short probationary period to see if they meet our expectations, but more importantly to see if being an Athletic Training Student meets their expectations.  It is not important that your son/daughter know anything about sports, or have played a sport.  The important thing is that they want to be a part of a unique group of students on campus who are there to help others.  If they are thinking of going into any type of medical field, this would be an excellent opportunity for them to get a head start on that career.

Becoming an Athletic Training Student can be a fun and rewarding experience for those that become involved with our program.  This program will allow your child to not only grow and mature as a person, but will also help them with communication skills, learning responsibilities, time management and study habits.

Please take the time to look over and discuss the application with your child and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Heather Smith ATC, LAT            Michael Valenzuela ATC, LAT

Head Athletic Trainer                 Assistant Athletic Trainer



What is Athletic Training / Sports Medicine?

Athletic Training is the prevention, recognition, evaluation, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

  • Prevention – Gaining and maintaining maximum physical conditioning for the athletes
  • Recognition – Learning how to recognize different types of injuries
  • Evaluation – Learning how to evaluate the severity of an injury
  • Rehabilitation – Learning rehab techniques to help the athlete recover from an injury

What are the duties, roles, and responsibilities of the Athletic Training Student?

  • Assist the Athletic Trainers
  • Set up for practices and games
  • Assist in all forms of taping, wrapping, first aid, and rehabilitation in the Training Room
  • Entering daily treatments into the computer
  • Stocking supplies in the Training Room and emergency kits
  • Assist with pre-season physicals yearly

Will I receive academic credit as an Athletic Training Student?

  • This class counts as a physical education credit.
  • ½ credit per semester

Will I be required to stay after school?

  • During the fall it will be every day during football season (Except Sundays and only on Saturday if it is a game day)
  • After football season, Athletic Training Students will cover only games and tournaments
  • Some events require Saturdays and holidays

What sports are covered?

  • Fall Sports – Cross Country, Football, and Volleyball (August through November)
  • Winter Sports – Basketball, Soccer, and Wrestling (November through March)
  • Spring Sports – Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track (January through April)
  • Late Spring – Spring Football (April – May)

What will I learn in this class?

  • Basic First Aid
  • CPR
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • All forms of taping & wrapping
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy

How will I be graded?

  • By daily attendance and participation
  • Following a dress code for practices and games
  • Maintaining an overall “C” average in all classes
  • Attendance at the GHATS Athletic Training Student Workshop
  • By preparing a poster for the workshop

Can I do this in college?

  • Yes!
  • Some Colleges and Universities assist Athletic Training Students with financial aid
  • You can learn the basics and apply the learned skills and knowledge to prepare for college
  • If you want to do this in College, we can assist you getting in a program

What qualities do you look for in a prospective Athletic Training Student?

  • Highly motivated
  • Strong academics / Maintaining passing grades
  • Good work and study habits
  • Good conduct
  • Exceptional attendance
  • Self-Discipline
  • Desire to help others
  • Responsible, dependable, honest, and trustworthy
  • Ability to get along with others
  • Wants to be a part of a unique athletic organization
  • Total commitment to the program

What are the benefits of being an Athletic Training Student?

  • Receive PE credits
  • Be recognized for achievement at banquets
  • Name and picture in the sports programs
  • First Year – Receive a Certificate
  • Second Year – Receive a Jacket
  • Third-Fourth Year – Receive a Certificate

Will there be a cost?

  • The only cost to the Student will be to purchase a game day pants
  • Items furnished will be – T-shirts,  sweat shirt,  and fanny pack

What happens if I fail a class?

  • The first time there will be a conference with the Athletic Trainers and attending tutorials will be required. You will still be required to work practices, but cannot work games.
  • The second time you will be put on Academic Suspension. You will be required to study during the athletic training period and attend tutorials.  You will be monitored weekly and if the problem continues, the Athletic Trainers will review your performance and you may be removed from the program.