Beloit’s athletic training department welcomed two new trainers for the 2013-2014 academic year: Kolton Reeverts and Britton Straub.
Reeverts graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., in 2013 with his bachelor’s degree in athletic training and exercise science. He plans to attend graduate school and ultimately become a sports physical therapist.
Straub graduated from UW-Rock County in 2009 with an associate’s degree and from UW-Milwaukee in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a nutrition certificate.
The Terrarium talked to them to find out their thoughts on Beloit athletics, their experiences as trainers, and more.
Terrarium: What teams are you working with this season?
Kolton Reeverts: I am working with men’s soccer this fall. Luckily, there haven’t been any significant injuries; mostly being the usual cramps, muscle tightness, and muscle strains (knock on wood). I enjoy being around the athletes and getting to know them. They are a great group of guys.
Britton Straub: I am working with women's volleyball and cross country. Things are going great.
T: What was your first impression of Beloit College athletics?
KR: My first impression of Beloit College athletics was that the athletes have very nice facilities to play on, such as the gym and football stadium. All the athletes have it good here at Beloit, especially with the addition of two more athletic trainers.
BS: I thought that the athletes had a great attitude and worked hard in their sports. The hard work that the athletes are putting in will pay off during the season.
T: What other previous athletic training experience do you have?
KR: I have obtained 1,200+ athletic training clinical hours as an undergraduate student at Olivet Nazarene University. During the summer of 2012, I completed a physical therapy internship at Riverside Health and Fitness in Bourbonnais, Ill.
BS: I have had experiences with Division I men's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer, cross country, track and field, and swimming and diving. Wisconsin High School Division II football, Division III football, men's soccer, men's and women's volleyball, cross country, and swimming and diving.
T: What got you interested in athletic training?
KR: I’ve always been big into sports and have been interested in health care, so athletic training seemed to be the perfect fit. I enjoy the rehabilitation side of athletic training, getting to know the athletes, and helping them stay healthy to achieve their sports goals.
BS: I became interested in athletic training during high school. I was a three-sport athlete and was frequently injured. I spent plenty of time with the athletic trainer at my high school and really liked her job.
T: What has the transition from student to authority role been like?
KR: It’s actually been a real smooth transition. (Head Athletic Trainer) Andy Wier and (Assistant Athletic Trainer) Jen Schuetz have made the transition very easy by teaching Britton and I the ins and outs of Beloit College and its athletic training program. Also, my many experiences and athletic training clinicals during my undergraduate years have helped me become a well-rounded professional.
BS: The transition from being a student to an authority role has been smooth. As an authority, I am given more responsibility. I prepared for this during my undergraduate (education). Athletic training students were held to a standard as if they were in an authoritative role. At the end of my undergraduate career, I did a 640-hour internship at a high school. During this internship, I gained valuable experience communicating with coaches, parents, and athletes in an "authoritative" role.
T: What is your favorite Pandora station to bump in the training room?
KR: Anything but country.
BS: Traditional country−it's great.