March is National Athletic Training Month, and Grovetown High School will hold an athletic training clinic March 24. The event will be conducted by Grovetown’s head athletic trainer, Jennifer Kirby of Doctors Hospital Sports Medicine.
Kirby has been a big asset to the athletic program at Grovetown, according to Warriors head football coach Rodney Holder.
This is a chance for students who assist or would like to assist their high school athletic programs to learn the fundamentals of athletic training.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the athletic training profession, proper ways to tape and wrap injuries, and first aid skills.
The clinic will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. At the end of the day there will be a competition, with prizes for the top performers.
The clinic costs $35, with all proceeds going to the Doctors Hospital Sports Medicine High School Outreach Program. Those who register by March 16 will receive a free T-shirt and lunch.
For information or to register for the clinic, contact Jessica Kirby at (706) 651-2217 or Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coaches clinic is a big success
Lakeside head football coach Jarrett Troxler spearheaded the effort to start a spring clinic for area football coaches, and it appears he has a hit on his hands.
In just its second year, the CSRA Coaches Clinic attracted 70 coaches to Peak Rehab in Evans during the weekend. Dr. Lonnie Hergott of Peak Rehab, which hosted the event, was thrilled with the turnout.
“We had 70 coaches in for the clinic. It was just great to see,” Hergott said.
Big numbers on Wunderlic test
AthElite Sports Training Academy/Peak Rehab also held its second annual CSRA All-Area High School Football Combine during the weekend. The event was open to all football players who were chosen for The Augusta Chronicle All-Area Football Team for the past season.
Again this year, the attendees were given the Wunderlic Test, which is a test NFL teams give draft prospects to test their basic knowledge. The test is not easy, and players are given just 12 minutes to finish. The highest score possible is a 50, and the average score for NFL prospects is around 22.5 each year.
The average score for the all-area players this year was 26.7, which is even better than last year. Also, for the second year in a row, top honors on the Wunderlic Test went to a Columbia County athlete.
Last year, Lakeside quarterback Ben Wilson scored an impressive 40. This year, Greenbrier’s Thomas Brown had the top score with a 35. Brown, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound safety, signed with Air Force in February.
As a matter of fact, the top four scores on the Wunderlic Test came from Columbia County players. No. 2 was 32.5 from Lakeside quarterback Mark Weidenaar, who has signed to play at Georgia State, while Grovetown’s Akila Parks and Jamal Cummings each scored a 30 to tie for third. Parks signed to play at Georgia Military, while Cummings is a junior and will be one of the top returning players in the area next season.