Ben Claywell, Ashley Mosely and Chase Brookshear // Northeastern Athletics
Ben Claywell, Ashley Mosely and Chase Brookshear have a lot in common. They grew up in rural Indiana with a passion for sports. They all dreamed of having the opportunity to represent their high school team and wearing the coveted green and gold. And when they finally made the teams, they each faced the hurdle of an injury. Thankfully, a Reid athletic trainer was on hand to help them.
Jennifer Ripperger is a Reid employee who works full time at Northeastern High School to provide support for athletes and coaches. From taping knees and ankles to prevent an injury, to helping students with rehabilitation after injury, she helps keep students in their sport.
“Obviously, it is a great service,” said athletic director Neal Adams. “It prevents injuries, and when they do get injured, they get the help they need to return to the game.”
“If you get hurt, you can go to the trainer to see if it is serious, and your coach knows whether to let you play,” Ben added.
Among other injuries, the boys both sustained concussions. Because Reid performs a pre-season impact test each year, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gregory Woods could do a follow-up test to compare the results and estimate the severity of the injury. Then, the trainer could monitor their recovery and release them to play, without the need to take time off school and return to the doctor.
“If there is a serious injury, the trainer will know,” said Ashley, recalling her own experience. After rigorous cross country training, and a challenging first two meets, she knew something was wrong. She turned to Jennifer for help who let her know she needed to see a doctor. She had a torn ligament in the bottom of her foot. “Instead of having to go to physical therapy and take time out of school, I could just go to Jenn.”
The seniors now have another thing in common. They are all back to their teams and wearing the green and gold jersey. All three look forward to their winter and spring sports – injury free!