Before Brownsville Veterans Memorial athletes hoped to begin their first summer workout, they had to go through one woman.
Armed with sanitizer, cleaning products and a contactless thermometer, Chargers’ Head Athletic Trainer Elizabeth Crum examined over 100-masked athletes ahead of the first summer workout since the UIL suspended all spring high school sports activites on April 17.
“Sometimes, we have to be the bad guy,” Crum said. “Safety first, as cliche as that sounds. You’ve got to make sure you’re looking out not only for yourself, but for the community as well.”
Crum’s role in summer workouts, however, is an unfamiliar one.
Typically, the Brownsville Independent School District hires Athletic Trainers during the school year, exclusively. UIL health and safety guidelines coupled with state restrictions prompted BISD to bring in trainers for additional assistance during summer conditioning this year.
The role of the athletic trainer has always been an important one, but Crum believes her part in keeping student athletes safe and healthy in this climate highlights the versatility of her profession.
“Athletic trainers are an allied-healthcare profession,” Crum said. “So it shows that we are more than just water engineers.”