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Getting the Irish healthy

Rosemount High School athletic trainer Jenna Arnold works with a student-athlete in the training room last week. Arnold is in her fourth year at Rosemount.

RHS athletic trainer Jenna Arnold answers a few questions.

Hometown: Rochester, Minn.

High school: John Marshall

College: Winona State University

Family: Sid Arnold, husband. Five siblings, 11 nieces and nephews.

Years at Rosemount:?Four

What's your favorite part of being an athletic trainer?

Working will all of the teams and athletes.

Are there any parts of the job you don't enjoy?

Cleaning up puke, etc. Stinky feet

Besides tending to injured athletes during games, what other duties does your job entail?

Rehabilitation of injuries, following up with doctors, scheduling appointments, maintaining the athletic training room, working at IAM Rosemount seeing physical therapy patients in the AMs.

What is your step-by-step procedure when approaching an injured athlete?

I try to pay close attention to the games, so I can see an injury happen, then I evaluate the situation and determine the extent of the athlete's injury. Next, I obtain information from the athlete or anyone else that witnessed the injury that might help me figure out the extent/severity of the injury. I then do an exam and special tests to rule out sprains, strains, and fractures. While doing all of this I also work to make the athlete feel comfortable, calm and safe.

How often do you work sporting events? Are you able to enjoy being a spectator, or does it get old sitting at so many games?

During the fall and winter seasons, I have several events to cover during the week and sometimes on Saturdays. The schedule is a little lighter during the spring. I rarely get tired of watching Irish sports. I always get the best seat in the house. It's enjoyable to watch the athletes compete and succeed, especially the more I get to work with them.

What injuries do you encounter the most?

It depends on the sport. The most common injuries in general would be sprained ankles, muscle strains and concussions.

What can athletes do to prevent some of the most common injuries?

The biggest thing is to identify an injury right away and not to ignore it. The other suggestion would be to prepare ahead of time for your sport (camps/captain's practice). This way your body is conditioned and ready to go.

What is the worst injury you've encountered?

Dislocated joints are always a little grotesque to work with. Lacerations are interesting, too. The scariest is always spinal cord and neck injuries.

Are there any changes you would like to see to make high school sports safer?

I like the recent changes related to preventing/reducing concussions and spinal cord injuries. From an athletic trainer's point of view, they make a lot of sense, and personally I do not think they take away from the excitement of the game.

What's your favorite part of working at Rosemount?

The atmosphere. I love the people I get to work with, from the school staff -- administration, teachers, custodians, and nurse to the coaches, but especially the athletes. They make my job fun. I enjoy standing in the hot sun, rain, wind, mud or anything else, because their enthusiasm and excitement for their sport is contagious.