Jack Porter recently taped his classmate Landon McWhorter during West Muskingum High School's athletic training class.  The course gives students a practical insight into athletic training, including hands-on experience.  West Muskingum athletic trainer AJ Eppley said students in the class accompany him to high school athletic events.  They help him during football games and are often his eyes and ears at weekly events where he can't be in two places at once.

Sports training course gives students hands-on experience

ZANESVILLE – Shortly after 10:30 a.m. on a Monday morning, Miranda Ketcham’s classroom in West Muskingum feels like a doctor’s office after a busy weekend. Students lay on desks with ankles taped, others with long strips of tape over their legs, eliminating the sting of shin splints. Most of the injuries aren’t real, although students in pain stop from time to time. Instead, students learn the ins and outs of sports medicine, including hands-on experience recording their classmates’ joints and limbs.

The course is one way the district is trying to prepare students for life after high school, whether they go to college or not, said Laura Thompkins, principal of West Muskingum High School. “We meet the kids where they are, we figure out what they want to do and how we can get them on that path,” she said. “So on May 26, the day after graduation, they know what they want to do.”

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