CLOVER — Kim and Matt Bressler, athletic trainers at Clover High School, can boast of having training room facilities second to none in the Palmetto State.
And for good reason.
The renovated training room available to CHS athletes measures 3,000-plus square feet, compared to less than 1,000 square feet of available space in previous years.
The expanded facility includes six treatment tables and four tables for taping limbs. The fully-equipped training room area also includes a sports medicine classroom and ample office space for Kim and Matt, a husband and wife team.
“The facility we have now had been the auto mechanics area,” Kim said. “They modified the space for our use.”
The expanded athletic training facilities were part of a two-year, $13.5 million Clover High School renovation and expansion project completed last year. It was part of a school update that included science labs, a dance classroom and other renovations to the school’s athletic wing.
The Bresslers said the athletic training program has reaped the benefits of more workable space. “We don’t have athletes waiting in the hallway for treatment like we did in the past,” said Matt.
While Kim and Matt are devoted to their profession, they said their emphasis is on the well-being of CHS student-athletes. “Being married to a trainer is not the ideal situation, if one of us has an ailment,” Kim joked. “We’re fine treating the athletes, not so good helping each other.”
But the couple say they work well as a team.
“When it comes to sharing information about the medical needs of our athletes, we have a very good situation,” said Kim. “When we’re at home, Matt reminds me of something I may have forgotten and I inform him of things I feel he needs to know.”
Each agrees there’s little time to communicate on the job.
“We pretty much go nonstop once we arrive at school at 7:45 a.m.,” Kim said. “On a typical day during football season, we return home in the 7:30 p.m. range. On game day, we’ll get home from 10 to 11 p.m., sometimes later.”
Both Kim and Matt praised the commitment of the 14 student-trainers at CHS. “There’s a growing interest in sports medicine among the students,” said Matt. “We have more student-trainers than in the past.”
Haleigh Bryant, a senior at CHS, is a second-year student-trainer.
“My sister, Kasie, who was a three-year student-trainer, influenced me into becoming part of the program,” Bryant said. “I like helping the football team on Friday night and through the week.”
“I take the responsibilities of a student-trainer seriously.”
Bryant said it’s a matter of everything coming together on a football Friday night and everyone doing their job. “We need to get it done,” she said. “We want to have fun, but we know there’s a lot to do along the way.”
Kim and Matt said they take pride in providing the medical needs of the student-athletes at CHS.
“We don’t want any athlete to suffer an injury,” said Kim. “But when there are injuries, it’s rewarding to see a player recover and return to the team. We feel like we were a small part of the recovery.”
Other CHS student-trainers are Jessica Burnett, Alex Peeler, Saige Stermin, Madison Hanson, Montana Sciba, Emma Sciba, Maddie Cartwright, Mariah Rancourt, Meagan Douglas, Cassidy White, Amber Skinnell, Zasu Carpenter and J’ameria Jackson.