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22 EARLY SPRING 2018 // STEMJOBS.COM KINETICS // ZANE A. HEIPLE KEEPING PLAYERS IN THE GAME Being a superstar athlete isn't necessary to make the team as an adult. Sports enthusiasts have fulfilled their dreams of joining the team after high school and college, supporting athletes by using kinetics principles to give medical attention, physical therapy, and healing to injured players. In his job as an athletic trainer, Zane Heiple uses biology, anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology to maintain athletes' physical health throughout their careers and maximize game-time performance while continuing to feed his own passion for sports. A former basketball player, Zane was unsure about how he could continue to work in athletics after his own sports career came to a close. With a bit of guidance from a trusted adult who worked in the field, he found a new, unexpected way to stay in the game. "I have always loved being around athletics and when my playing days were over after high school, I knew that I wanted a career that would keep me in that field. After talking to my high school athletic trainer, I thought being able to keep athletes healthy and assist them back to the playing field after an injury would be a great way to stay involved." The path to becoming an athletic trainer requires a lot of hard work in school and gaining certification as an athletic trainer. Though he recommends that students who are interested in becoming athletic trainers graduate with a bachelor's degree, Zane credits his extensive education to hands-on training from experienced professionals. "I was very fortunate in college to be surrounded by some great athletic trainers who taught me how to take the skills and knowledge I learned in the Healing Athletes with Kinetics Careers BY DOROTHY CROUCH classroom and apply them to situations in the injury rehabilitation clinic and on the sidelines." Not only was he challenged with applying his classroom lessons to figure out solutions to many different possibilities for real-world injuries, Zane had to learn about the injuries that could happen during an array of sports. With this knowledge of the specific problems that athletes could face during different sports, athletic trainers are able to help more people more effectively. "As part of our curriculum we were required to follow different sports during our two years in the athletic training education program. This gave us the best opportunity to see different types of injuries that can occur in a wide range of sports." This experience is extremely useful to Zane, whose day might include working with athletes on injury prevention, administering first aid, and rehabilitation, which are only a few of the tasks on a long list of ways he helps heal. "In the clinic, I assist our physical therapist with setting patients up for modality treatment, along with going through a patient's land-based and therapy-pool exercise program with them. My role at the high school includes prevention, first aid,

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