Community rallies to retrofit training room

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Juan Gonzalez and Chuck Barone apply a fresh coat of paint to the athletic training room at McNary High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Juan Gonzalez and Chuck Barone apply a fresh coat of paint to the athletic training room at McNary High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

No athlete wants to get injured, but thanks to supporters of the McNary Athletic Booster Club (ABC), Celts who take a bad fall or simply sprain a wrist will be getting better care.

Final renovations were expected this week in the Celtic training room where athletic trainer Jill Pallin treats athletes from every sport. The retrofit includes a bevy of new therapeutic equipment, new plumbing and electrical fixtures to make it all work and a fresh coat of paint.

“Everything is going to be great. We’re going to have the ability to treat multiple students with injuries at the same time in a variety of ways,” Pallin said. “For years, we’ve had lines of students waiting for treatment and some of them have gone without just to take part in their sports.”

The ABC held dinner-auctions the past two years to raise funds for the effort to bring the Celtic facility up-to-date.

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Pallin is most excited about two of the smaller changes: the purchase of a new ice machine and locking cabinets. Until now, the training room did not have a dedicated ice machine, meaning Pallin had to make treks to the cafeteria kitchen to get ice before games and lock up the training room entirely. The ice from the training room machine will come in small nuggets that conform better to the contours of knees and elbows.

“The locking cabinets are going to allow us to keep better track of our inventory and keep the mice out of the Gatorade,” she said.

In addition to those changes, the training room is getting a low-boy whirlpool that will allow for several students to soak lower-body injuries at once. It’s an enormous step up from one student at a time soaking their legs in a large cooler.

“The moving water can be hot or cold and it promotes better healing in general,” Pallin said. “We are the last school in the district to have the dedicated ice machine and the whirlpool.”

A new hydroculator, which heats compresses for warming muscles, will hold 24 packs at a time. Pallin’s last hydroculator held only four. A new parafin bath will be used to warm agitated joints. Pallin even received a donation of a universal rehabbing weight machine, which students can use to loosen up tight muscles.

Still in the works are new taping tables, but Pallin and ABC officials are waiting to see what the budget and space will permit with all the new additions.

“Injuries our students might have played with before can now be treated so they don’t have to think about it when they are out on the field,” Pallin said.

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