CLAYTON — Gone is the dark, cramped space once utilized to treat and rehab injured athletes. The construction of the new Northmont High School and its cavernous Athletics Wing includes a more modern and spacious athletics training room.
Measuring approximately 1,400 square feet the new training room is sectioned off to include a self-contained “wet room” to house whirlpools, an ice machine, coolers, and other equipment.
“That makes it much easier,” said Eric Newman.
There is also separate office space for Newman and Jon Hartman, both certified athletic trainers at Northmont and Good Samaritan North Sports Medicine Center.
“The office is much more secure as far as storing student records, where we can lock it up and those records are only accessible by those who have a need to know,” Newman stated.
The old room did not have a separate office to secure the records.
The main room features four treatment tables and three taping tables that help to divide the room with the other half of the room set aside for rehab.
“We have a lot more room for rehab than we did at the old high school, which is pretty important,” Newman noted. “The old room was incredibly difficult to maneuver around in when you had someone in there trying to do rehab work. You couldn’t get in and out of the room very easy.”
There is also a storage room separate from the main room and wet room. At the old high school the storage room was located down the hall in a common area shared with others.
The storage room houses a washer and dryer and all of the supplies the trainers utilize on a daily basis; tape, band aids, gauze, etc.
“The way the room is set up we also have an exclusive wound care area, which is nice. Again, the space we have to work in is much, much better,” Newman added.
There is also a student area for the student aid program where students can perform work and study. Newman and Hartman also conduct training for the students in that portion of the room in a classroom type setting. Newman, who is also a health teacher at the high school, can treat athletes throughout the school day; make contact with parents of student athletes and their family physicians or physical therapists.
“We can get a lot done throughout the entire day,” Newman said. “Students work for me during the school day and after school with the specific team that they are assigned to.”
Both Newman and Hartman agree the new training room is much more conducive in helping them perform their duties.
“The old room was maybe 600 square feet and when you put two whirlpools, two treatment tables, a taping table and try to section off an office area for records, rehab and an ice machine… it was just horrible. It just really wasn’t very conducive for what we do. This is the Taj Mahal here,” Newman added.
Hartman also pointed out that the office area actually has a window.
“That is huge,” Hartman said. “When you spend 14 hours a day here that is a nice feature to have. You almost never see that in any training facility.”
Newman agreed that having natural light coming into the room is especially nice. There are also skylights in the main room providing natural light.