The Scarsdale Inquirer: Meet Ter-E-sa: the athletic trainer with a ?tude

Great article about our trainer, Teresa!

Edgemont’s Athletic Trainer Teresa Roane


From The Scarsdale Inquirer

Friday, October 7, 2011

By TODD SLISS

Popularity has never been something Teresa Roane was used to. The self-described ?geek? always had trouble talking to the other kids when she was at Woodlands High School. Now, and just like many of her predecessors in the position of athletic trainer at Edgemont High School ? and there have been many over the past decade ? Roane is No. 1 in terms of being the most popular person in the athletic department.

?In passing it?s like ?Hi, Teresa,? ?Hi, Teresa,? from kids I don?t even know,? Roane said. ?Some of them hear everyone else saying hi so they want to say hi, too.?

Most people probably don?t even realize that she has a last name, you know, like Madonna, Bono and Sting ? she?s Teresa.

Her hard work is appreciated both by the coaches and the students, whether she?s working out of her cramped office just off the weight room or in the gyms and on the fields with her golf cart around the high school tending to athletes? needs before, during and after practices and games.

?It?s actually really weird because I was completely unpopular, so to have people come in here and they?re like, ?You?re the coolest person ever,? and I?m like, ?No I?m not, I?m a geek ? I like to read ? and what are you talking about I?m popular? Get out of here with that nonsense.? It is hilarious,? Roane said. ?The people I went to school with would never believe I?m as outgoing as I?ve become because I was so shy in high school. I used to stutter when I talked to people, especially if I didn?t know them.?

Now she?s always up for a joke or a funny facial expression to pass the time.

While Roane has become a better speaker, she?s also a great listener, too. Her office is a haven for the kids.

?When it comes to the athletic program she?s so much more than just a trainer,? said 2011 Edgemont grad Adrianna Napoletano, who is playing field hockey at the University of Scranton. ?She does her job right and physically prepares us athletes for the game day and practices, but she does way more than just that. She makes relationships with each individual athlete which makes her more than just a trainer.

?She?s someone each athlete can relate to, can talk to and can trust when there?s something on our mind. I remember having a horrible day and being able to go to her after school and just venting, while she closed her door and listened. She?s always there for the student-athletes, which makes being in her office, whether it?s for injury or just to talk, that much better.?

Roane, who competed as a gymnast in high school and watched one of her teammates rehab from an ACL tear, had once dreamed of opening her own gymnastics gym and getting certified as a trainer so she would be able to treat athletes on site. While she no longer hopes to open a facility, she is enjoying the athletic trainer side of her dream.

As part of her own therapy for dealing with her social skills issues, Roane headed to New Mexico State in the fall of 1999.

?I went as far away as I could and I didn?t know a soul so that way I had to get out of my shell,? Roane said. ?I knew that if I was going to be able to do this I was going to need to be able to talk to people.?

That?s when she not only began to come out of her shell, but where she fell in love with football. ?I don?t know what it was about it, I just loved it,” Roane said.

Roane spent two semesters working with high school teams, which were much bigger teams and programs than in New York, more in line with the popularity and size of Texas football, before getting to work with the Division I athletes at her college.

?Then I got to the college level working with Division I athletes and I thought it was 100 times more fun because I have 102 kids on the team and it was like having 102 big brothers,? Roane said. ?It was soooo much fun.?

Roane graduated in 2003 and after a year off she entered teaching fellowship for two years back in New York; After later working at a physical therapy in a gym that she did not enjoy, Roane was hired by Forme Fitness to be contracted out to a local high school as an athletic trainer. There were no openings in the area until John Kosowicz suddenly left Edgemont, and in the fall of 2008 Roane happily started working with her former rivals, the Panthers.

?I like being hands-on and seeing progress from start to finish,? Roane said. ?II like that relationship that I have with the kids. I have a lot of fun here to the point where there are kids in the A-School that want to be my interns. There probably will be a big fight about that next year because so many kids will want to do it.

?I like to have that relationship as opposed to seeing them after everything has happened and then they come to me and say, ?Fix me,? and then you get to know the person. It?s a lot different. I like being here way better than an office.?

There were two big adjustments for Roane when she came to Edgemont:

1) ?I did have to put up with ?That?s not the way John did it? and ?John did this,? and I was like ?My name is Ter-E-sa.??

2) This was not New Mexico football ? high school or college. It?s Edgemont, which features the little teams that could. ?It was very different because I?m used to go-go-go-go-go-go-go and here it was slower, but I find things to do,? Roane said.

Roane has many duties during her early afternoon to late evening and weekend shifts. They include such tasks as filling and cleaning water coolers and taping athletes before practices and games and icing them afterward. The main area of her expertise revolves around being a first-responder in case of emergency, giving emergency care until an ambulance arrives if necessary, and for athletes with injuries she can offer free physical therapy and rehab at the high school when applicable.

?Within the weight room I have treated a few kids because they don?t have to go to a PT office and then get to practice on time,? Roane said. ?If it?s something big and something I can?t handle with the equipment I have here I definitely send them out. If it?s just strength training I work them in the weight room.?

Though she can giver her opinion about an injury, she is not legally permitted to give a diagnosis.

?The role of the trainer is an extremely important one in high school athletics,? varsity girls? soccer coach Tom Blank said. ?It removes much of the pressure and decision-making from the coach in terms of when an athlete is capable of returning to the field. Teresa fills that role beautifully with a blend of knowledge, humor and dedication. In many ways, she is the unsung hero of all of the athletic teams.?

Teresa being Teresa is what makes her so incredibly? popular and fun to deal with.

?Teresa adds a great deal to the Edgemont athletics program,? coach Blank said. ?She is always calm in dealing with the athletes ? even when they may be in a great deal of pain in the middle of competition. She is sensitive to the fact that the player wants nothing more than to return to the field immediately, but strong enough to be able to make the hard decisions to keep kids off the field until they are physically ready to play.?

Roane has two pet peeves: 1) rude kids and 2) cursing. ?The only thing that will ever bother me is when kids are rude to me – I like manners,? Roane said. ?I understand having a bad day, but when kids are repetitively rude to me, then it?s like, ?No, no, no, we?re not going to have this.?

?The kids make fun of me because if they come in my office and curse I say, ?Potty mouth!? and they know, even if they are on the filed and they see me, they say, ?I?m sorry, Teresa,? because they know now.?

Over the summer Roane volunteered with a Colorado Football Conference team – just below the Arena League – something she enjoyed and would do again if there was a more local type of opportunity.

?For a while I wanted to work with pro football, but that ship has sailed,? Roane said. ?My mom died five years ago and about a month after she died I got the phone call to go be with the Colts and I turned it down because I didn?t want to be where I didn?t know anybody. I was still grieving and upset. And then they won the Super Bowl that year. So my family is a little upset with me for not going.? (And not getting a championship ring.)

Never one to look back with regret, Roane is loving mostly every minute of what she?s doing at Edgemont High School, though she admitted, ?I?m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.?