Nikki Kanzee, a senior at Springville High, is working an internship with the school’s athletic trainer Lisa Walker. Kanzee spends her time taping athletes before games and helping treat those that have been injured. Not all her time is spent with the athletes; she also does small, but important, tasks such as stocking medical kits and making sure that there is a plentiful supply of ice.
Kanzee has always loved sports; but has been injured multiple times. Sadly, she is not able to play as much as she used to. The expression “you can take the player out of the game, but you can’t take the game out of the player” has been proven true. Even when Kanzee was taken out, she found another way into the game.
Kanzee said, “I wanted to be able to help athletes return to play and prevent injuries.”
Without people like Nikki out on the side of the field or court, athletes would not be able to get back into the game after getting injured.
This internship has only made Kanzee more interested in this line of work. The unpredictability that comes every day always keeps her excited. Her days are never dull; if she is not helping someone, she is able to make new friends that are on the sports teams. She loved standing on the sidelines joking around with other interns during football games.
Kanzee has loved learning everything about athletic training. She said, “Lisa Walker has been an amazing teacher, I love learning from her.”
Kanzee will be interning at Snow College this Fall and will be helping with the football team. After Snow College, she plans on transferring to Brigham Young University to complete her college life.
If you’re interested in the internship program, please contact Mrs. Robyn Dunn, Worked-based Learning Coordinator, Springville High, (801) 489-2870, or email@example.com.