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Senior works side by side with Crusaders athletic trainer

     Senior Jackie Hurst (right) has learned about sports injuries and treatment from Scecina's athletic trainer, Kylee Ort.

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications

Senior Jackie Hurst, who wants to be a doctor, jumped at the opportunity to assist Scecina athletic trainer Kylee Ort in wrapping and taping injured body parts and observing her work with Crusaders athletes.

 The experience, Jackie says, is “awesome.” 

“It’s my favorite part of the week,” she said, smiling widely. “My favorite thing this whole school year has been helping the trainer.” 

Athletics Assistant Cari Gallagher said Jackie is the only student trainer this year. She recommended Jackie because of the senior’s plan to become a doctor and also because Jackie has been taking Biomedical Sciences courses since her freshman year. 

Jackie, who went to Holy Spirit Catholic School and is a parishioner at the church, works in the training room each Tuesday after school and helps out at home sports events. She is learning by watching and doing. She’s learned how to tape wrists and ankles. 

“I watch everything (Kylee) does,” said Jackie. “She’ll teach me how to diagnosis different things and how to look for possible concussions.” 

“I have had her learn to tape wrists and will continue to work on ankle taping and other types of first aid,” explained Kylee, an employee of Scecina sponsor and partner Franciscan Health. “We have run through scenarios with some injuries such as a back injury and then questions and things she should ask the injured person. With that, I was able to teach her how to support the cervical spine in case of a cervical injury. In that case, she knows where and how to hold her hands to prevent further injury.” 

Jackie also gets to experience the less glamorous work of trainers: laundry, cleaning, and carrying equipment – ice, bags, tape, first-aid supplies, water – to the playing fields and courts. 

Jackie, a black belt in karate, also teaches karate and plays in Scecina’s band. Tuesdays was the only day she could fit into her schedule for athletic training. 

When the band takes off the third quarter of home football and basketball games, Jackie puts down her flute and heads over to the Crusaders bench to assist Kylee. 

She was there when a Crusaders basketball player tore his ACL during a game (“Unfortunately for him,” she said) and when an opposing player was being treated for a broken ankle during a football game last fall. 

Jackie wants to be an emergency room doctor or orthopedic surgeon. Kylee, who has an undergraduate degree in health and exercise science from Purdue and a master of athletic training from Manchester, talks to the senior about her plans for college, such as scholarships, areas of study, and what she might want to specialize in as a doctor. Jackie has been accepted to, and hopes to attend, Loyola University in Chicago. The school doesn’t offer a pre-med program, she can opt for other majors such as psychology to prepare for medical school. 

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