Sports Medicine trainers on deck and ready to assist

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Sentinel Staff

Seniors Jamie Champion, left, and Amanda Dahlgren attend water polo games April 17 as members of their Sports Medicine program where students trainers are assigned to each school athletic team in case of injury or medical need.

Sentinel Staff

A beautiful Saturday in April was the perfect time for two hard-working students to spend time at the pool. But it wasn’t just two friends hanging out together – and it wasn’t just any pool. Seniors Jamie Champion and Amanda Dahlgren are two of dozens of student trainers with the Sports Medicine program who are attending games and matches at fields, courts, tracks and pools this spring now that sports has started. “It’s great to finally be here,” said Dahlgren while on assignment as a trainer at the April 17 water polo games at Northgate where the junior varsity and varsity girls teams played Orinda’s Miramonte High School.  The Sports Medicine program, under the direction of instructor Glen Barker, is a decades-long award-winning program in which students learn prevention and treatment of sports injuries and are the first responders at schoolwide home athletic competitions. “We’re glad to be here to help team members in case of any needs,” said Champion. Champion, a Level III trainer, and Dahlgren, a Level II  trainer are two of dozens of students in the Sports Medicine program’s four classes. The students learn CPR, first aid, medical and injury response procedures throughout the year and attend home games for their assigned sport.  Miramonte’s varsity team beat Northgate by a score of 18-4 April 17 and their junior varsity team won 15-1. And the good news? No one got hurt. But if they had, trainers Champion and Dahlgren were there and ready to assist.