Not All Athletes Wear Jerseys

At first glance Bob Simon might look like another coach, but he’s not a coach, or even a player. He’s North Central College’s Head Athletic Trainer.

“We are there sometimes and people don’t know we are there,” said Simon. “We’re part of the team but we don’t have to be in uniform to show that.”

Simon has spent more than six years at the college. He and his staff of athletic trainers have worked with thousands of athletes on prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of injuries and conditions.

“You get to see an injury, work through an injury, and then help them get back on the field,” said Simon. “Their purpose is to play and my purpose is to get them to do that as effectively as possible.”

Not only is Simon a Head Athletic Trainer, he also teaches his profession at the College. This competitive program is made up of only 30 students who have been evaluated and interviewed by professors to be a part of the program. Students must excel in include anatomy, biology, and kinesiology. The curriculum is then tested in the field working patients hands on.

“I’ve learned a lot from Bob,” said North Central College Junior Blake Schmucker. “Bob is there to tell me when I am doing something wrong and how to correct it. He’s a great mentor.”

Not only is Simon there for his students, but he’s also there for the athletes.

“Bob’s like another member of the team just like another coach. He’s in the dugout and we can talk to him about anything,” said North Central College Sophomore Brendan Ryan.

“With Bob you are on a personal level, so even if it’s a little thing that’s wrong you can go and talk to him about it,” said North Central College Junior Tyler Herman.

If it’s in the dugout with the team, or with the students who need 950 athletic training hours; Simon spends countless hours helping people.

“Many people say the hours, the hours, the hours. But I don’t look at it as that. I think of something I love,” said Simon.

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