Thursday, November 1, 2012
The medical needs of some of the best football players in the Carolinas will be partly in the hands of Brittany Jesse next month.
The Fort Dorchester High School senior is one of only two student athletic trainers from the state selected to participate in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game to be held on Dec. 15 in Spartanburg. The game pits some of the top high school football players from South Carolina against some of the top players from North Carolina.
“I’m ecstatic,” Jesse said. “I can’t believe I got picked. We stay up there the whole week and go to all the practices as well as the game. I’m really excited about being around that many all-star athletes and about the game itself. I think it will be pretty exciting and beneficial for me.”
To be considered as a candidate to work the Shrine Bowl she had to complete an application detailing her experience and various certifications she holds and then submit it along with recommendation letters from her supervisors for the sports medicine program. Each year, Shrine Bowl officials only invite one male and one female student trainer from each participating state (S.C. and N.C.) to participate.
Jesse has worked on the Fort Dorchester sports medicine staff for the past three years. She is the school’s head student athletic trainer.
“Game days are hectic but that is probably the part I like the most,” she said. “You are constantly on the move, making sure everyone is tapped and ready. Then if someone is hurt you know it’s on you to evaluate them and make sure they get the care they need, which is exciting. What I don’t like is watching someone get hurt. It breaks my heart seeing the pain on their face or the disappointment when they realize they aren’t going to play for a while.”
The most extensive injury she has encountered as a trainer occurred just last week when a Fort player dislocated his knee and fractured his femur.
“His knee was so swollen,” she said. “It was the craziest thing I have ever seen.”
Jesse plans to go to college and earn a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.
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