Chapelgate’s athletic program is getting an extra helping hand this fall.
For the first time in school history, an athletic trainer will be on board for all home games and practices. Dana Emrich, who got her undergraduate degree at Towson University, has been brought on board and has already begun helping with concussion testing, medical paperwork and treating injuries during the opening couple weeks of practice.
“It’s really exciting being the first one there and being able to help mold the position,” Emrich said. “There are some wrinkles in terms of getting the kids and parents used to what goes along with having an athletic trainer. But I think once everyone settles in, it’s going to be great.”
In previous years, without a trainer, dealing with injuries was a responsibility that fell into the hands of the coaching staff.
“Each of our coaches has first aid and CPR training … in the past they were responsible for being that person on the spot,” Chapelgate Athletic Director Jason Bennett said. “So obviously, this is a huge step forward for our department. We were one of the last schools in our conferences, the MIAA and IAAM, to get someone in this position.
“I really feel like getting Dana in here is going to turn the tides for us in terms of staying on top of things and continuing to improve our athletic programs.”
Prior to coming to Chapelgate, Emrich had served as the head athletic trainer at Annapolis Area Christian since 2005. Considering Annapolis Area plays in the same league as the Yellowjackets, she says she has a familiarity with the program and many of the other schools in the conference.
“There’s definitely a comfort factor, especially since I already know almost all the other athletic trainers and we all work really well together,” Emrich said. “I anticipate a very smooth transition and I’m definitely excited about this opportunity.”