The Woodlands Christian Academy is well known for its victorious and passionate sports teams, especially cross country, track, basketball and baseball.
But what most people commonly forget to do is commend those behind the scenes who are essential to the success of all 13 high school teams at TWCA.
The Warrior mission statement vows to prepare its students physically, mentally, socially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ.
The physical aspect all begins in the Warrior Sports Medicine Department.
The head athletic trainer of the Warrior Sports Medicine Department is Karson Fore, who joined the team in 2016.
Along with earning her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University and Masters of Athletic Training from The University of Houston, Fore has had the opportunity to work with collegiate athletes, ultra-endurance athletes, occupational athletes and even Olympians.
Using her impressive resume, Fore built a program for students who seek a career in any sort of medicine to receive hands-on experience in the athletic training field.
“The [Warrior Athletic Student Training Program] was somewhat established when I arrived here,” Fore said. “I joined TWCA as a ‘part- time’ athletic trainer. The full-time athletic trainer, Hunt Whitten, had one student helping us out. That student’s name is Faith Hanshaw.”
Hanshaw, who is a senior at The Woodlands Christian Academy, has been a part of the Warrior Athletic Training Student Program since she was just a freshman.
Her strong interest in the sports medicine side of athletics is what inspired her to join the program, which has since sparked her passion for physical therapy – a career she plans to pursue in the future.
Since she has been part of the program for so long, Hanshaw describes herself as an extension of Fore.
With this role, she is able to treat student athletes, provide first aid, apply tape, utilize therapeutic modalities and watch orthopedic evaluations by the athletic trainers and physicians.
“Our job isn’t glamorous, and it takes a team of special people to truly thrive in our kind of working environment,” Hanshaw claimed.
Little did Fore know that her team of one athletic training student would eventually multiply into 15 come the 2018-2019 school year. The extra hands allow Warrior Sports Medicine to make sure every athlete receives comprehensive treatment, examination and rehabilitation when needed.
“Athletic training is a career that has not been in the spotlight very much,” Fore said. “It encompasses injury prevention, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation and emergency medicine. I want to teach my profession. I want to help open doors for my students’ futures.”
Many other schools may offer student athletic training classes, but the Warrior Athletic Training Student Program is like no other.
It is an after-school program. Students who are involved do not participate in a typical classroom course or get graded.
They are volunteering their time to be a part of the program, which comes with personal incentives. At the end of the year, students who participate in the program will receive athletic credit, varsity lettering and volunteer hours.
Despite common misbelief, sports medicine is all about team work. With the common goal of the athletes’ best interest at heart, the athletic training students have built a bond like no other.
“The Warrior Athletic Student Training Program provides amazing opportunity for students to learn through hands-on experience about Sports Medicine,” Micalah Goodwin said. “We are very much like a family because we are all so close and make memories both on and off the field.”
Goodwin is a junior at TWCA entering her second year with the program.
Not only is the Warrior Athletic Training Program a positive experience for student athletic trainers, the student-athletes benefit as well.
Pierce McBride, who plays football and has been struggling with a torn foot muscle, looks forward to visiting the athletic training room, despite unfortunate injuries.
“It is very cool to see that people my age and in my classes can help me recover from injury and do their best to get me back on the field as soon as possible,” McBride said.
“My husband and I do not have any children, but I like to tell people I have 450 children to take care of,” Fore lauds. “But 15 of them are my favorite.”
Ryann Booth is a student at TWCA and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school...
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