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What makes Kell Athletics unbeatable
By Ryan Hines
A high school with over 2000 students and nearly one third of the schools population participate in athletics at Kell High School. With 12 state championships in the 15 years the school has been around, Kell is well known for their athletics. It’s not just luck for the their outstanding athletes, it is how they became almost a master in what they do for their sport. All parents and staff give credit to the man that helps out every single one of these athletes. His name is Randy Warren, and he is the athletic trainer for the 5A School in Marietta Georgia. Randy was a high school athlete as well, playing both football and basketball. Unfortunately, he had a couple of injuries that kept him from playing in senior year. Randy has numerous strained muscles and a very serious concussion. After he graduated high school, Randy decided to attend Kennesaw State University. He majored in sports medicine and then graduated after four years with a bachelor’s degree. Although for athletic training in is common to have a master’s degree. He works every day at Kell High School and is there to help tape, stretch, do evaluations, see new injuries, do rechecks, and help communicate injuries to coaches and parents so they’ll know the proper level of participation says Randy. I decided to ask why he thought this was interesting and he said, “I love being around athletes, watching sports and just taken interest into the healthcare of athletes.” He enjoys his job day after day because of his love of being around kids and giving them advice, hopefully seeing them succeed. Athletic trainers are healthcare workers who diagnoses and treats people who sustained injuries to their muscles and bones. Most athletic trainers work under a physician, but Randy does not. Every day, he deals with a lot of stress and Randy finds they best way to deal with is for the athlete and him to work on the same page. Trust between both keeps each of them relaxed and for Randy to do what he needs to do. The special thing about him and knowing all the ways to heal the body because all injuries are different and he has to adapt and very cautious. I asked Randy how he got so good at what he does and how work ethic is. He responded with, “hardworking and passionate.” He works a typical school day most of the time, 40 hours on weekdays and 5 on weekends. Since Randy has been working at Kell for over 8 years he has trained some amazing athletes. These include Jonathan Dwyer, a NFL running back for that Arizona Cardinals. I asked him how did he help him in high school and Randy said, “With keeping him strong and doing my best to keep him away from injuries.” That might seem impressive but his career goal is to build strong relationships with everyone. All Randy wants is for all athletes to trust him. Day in and day out he has about 200 kids each week come in to be examined. With that many athletes, he does have some help. There is a sports medicine class at Kell that comes in here and there to help with the basic stuff. Randy has become the best at what he does because his skills are unmatched. He believes to succeed requires communication, attention to detail, decision making and critical thinking. From all of that he has only had one job and it is being the athletic trainer at Kell High School and randy says he loves it.
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