New athletic trainer helps Mustangs stay ready for action

Peyton McLaughlin and Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Lakewood Ranch introduces a new athletic trainer this year.  Maria Suppa is in charge of evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating patients.

Suppa is from Sarasota and graduated from Riverview high school in 2011. She graduated from the University of South Florida with her bachelor of science in athletic training in 2015, and she graduated with her masters of science in advanced athletic training from the University of South Carolina in 2015.

Suppa stated, “We are the first responder to any injury or emergency on the field or court.” Her job is to help injured athletes return to health so they can keep playing the sport they love.

Athletic trainers manage many things including healthcare facilities, medical documentations, and communicating with coaches, parents, counselors, physicians, and physical therapists in order to give quality care.

Suppa said, “We personalize ‘return to full activity’ protocols for sports and daily lifestyle.”

They are required to research and improve their own education by learning and practicing new things in order to keep their athletic training certifications.

Suppa commented, “Athletic trainers do not live a normal lifestyle. We do not have the typical ‘9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.’ job.”

While attending Riverview High school, Suppa signed up for the elective “Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries” her freshman year. She liked the idea of the class and wanted to continue with it since she has been an athlete her whole life up entire she started college.

“Not only do I get to be on the sidelines of every game right in the action, but I am helping an active population of people I can relate too,” said Suppa.

She will be helping all the athletes at Lakewood Ranch high school, so if any athlete has a question contact Suppa.

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