AN UNLUCKY DATE
Kevin Reiley: Savior of Rose
BY KENSLEY STILL ON MARCH 21, 2013
What would Rose be like without Kevin?
Kevin Reiley, Rose’s very own certified athletic trainer, is the man who keeps all of Rose’s student athletes in playing condition. As a young adult, Reiley was interested in athletics as well as emergency medicine. He decided to become an athletic trainer to combine his two interests.
Since the beginning of the school year in 2012, Reiley has helped Rose athletes recover from all types of injuries. From ankle sprains to concussions, Reiley does it all. According to Reiley, he treats and rehabilitates about a dozen or more athletes any given day.
“We have anywhere between one to two hundred athletes participating [in athletics] on a daily basis, especially during busy sport seasons,” Reiley says, “I’m always here and responsible for all of them.”
Due to this obligation, student athletes at Rose are constantly around Reiley and witness how helpful he is when it comes to an injury.
Sara Young, a freshman on the Rose women’s soccer team, injured her lower back during tryouts, which led to a hamstring injury. Recently, she has been meeting with Reiley during Smart Block almost everyday to help relieve her pain from her injuries and get her back into perfect playing condition.
“With Kevin, I feel more motivated to recover,” Young says, “Without him I would be
a lot more lazy about my injury so he makes it easier to get better faster.”
Not only does Reiley help all kinds of Rose athletes recover from their injuries, but he does it with a positive and uplifting attitude.
“He’s always really open to helping people,” Young says, “he always makes an effort to help anyone who needs it.”
Junior Chase Zabriskie previously suffered from a fractured pelvic bone and received treatment and rehabilitation from Reiley on several different occasions. Through his vast amount of meetings with Reiley, he has been able to witness Reiley’s keen insight while receiving helpful advice about his injury.
“He’s really smart when it comes to any kind of injury and knows exactly what to do,” Zabriskie says, “Kevin helped me out a lot and got me back out on the field much faster than I would have without him.”
While student athletes perceive Reiley to be all-knowing when it comes to sports injuries, there are always situations when athletic trainers are not sure of what to do. When placed in difficult situations like these, Reiley almost never disappoints on the job.
“They can prepare you all they want, but there is no perfect situation,” Reiley says. “You have to [be able to] think on your feet and use the knowledge you have to try to fix the situation the best way you can.”
As many Rose student athletes agree, Reiley is great at lightening the heavy load that an injury can have on an athlete. Unfortunately, Reiley will be graduating in May with his Masters degree and will not be able to continue his time as an athletic trainer at Rose. Looking forward, Reiley hopes to become an athletic trainer at a high school or a small college.
Ever since he began his job as the Athletic Trainer at Rose, Reiley has been great at treating, rehabilitating and motivating Rose student athletes. His favorite part of athletic training is when it all pays off in the end.
“My favorite part of the job is when we treat an athlete and rehabilitate [him or her] so that [he or she] can continue playing.” Reiley says, “The excitement that they get when they finally make it through an injury and can play again is very rewarding.”