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State Capitol visit provides YUHSD sports med students opportunity to be active members of legislative process

YUHSD sports med students Five sports medicine students from San Luis, Kofa, and Cibola high schools visited the State Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 16 as part of Arizona Athletic Trainer Day.

“It was important to take students because they were able to discuss current topics in sports medicine with our legislators,” Kofa Athletic Trainer and sports medicine teacher Kiley Mackell said. “Students were able to make connections between current events taught in class and the process it takes to change and influence legislation. Students were also able to meet our area legislators and make a personal connection with our elected officials.”

They met with legislators to discuss issues that involve the athletic training profession. According to the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association (AzATA), two of the most recently proposed bills include SB 1050 and SB 1127.

Yuma Union High School District offers sports medicine courses through the district’s Career & Technical Education program. All five comprehensive schools in the district have multiple sports medicine section taught by Licensed Athletic Trainers, who also serve as the medical professional for the respective athletics programs on each campus.

The Athletic Trainers across the district are Mackell; Nick Santos at Yuma High; Jamie Behr at Gila Ridge; Kyrah Holland at San Luis; and Johannah Elliott at Cibola. Longtime Athletic Trainer Kathy Hoover, who is currently the CTE technology coach, also works as a floating trainer for the district, providing support at various times for all five schools.

Eric Patten