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Do my job: Steve swaps jobs with UH trainer Brian Wong

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By Steve Uyehara – bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - From muscle spasms to sprained ankles to torn ACLs, any UH athlete in any sport will get some help from the UH athletic trainers at some point in their career. And today, I'm gonna try to do their job.

"Our job here is prevention, treatment, and evaluation and care of athletic injuries," says Brian Wong, athletic trainer for the Warrior volleyball team.

One of the biggest keys to keeping the athletes injury-free is stretching. Brian usually spends about five minutes with the players helping them limber up.

He makes sure to pay special attention to the back and the legs.

After the players have been limbered up it's time to make sure they have proper protection out on the court. That's right. We're taping ankles.

Normally a trainer like Brian can have a solid, comfortable ankle taping done in a minute flat.

I took well over five minutes, unacceptable when you figure these guys are trying to rush off to practice.

It's even worse when you look at the quality of the job.

"That's brutal," says Brian as my victim, Warriors outside hitter Joe Strotman shakes his head.

Kidding aside trainers like Brian keep the athletes healthy and provide valuable assistance when the players do get hurt.

"I think it's very important. Very important. A lot of people don't see how they contribute to the team, but without them I think it's very hard to be successful," says Strotman.

When it's all said and done I've realized that I have no place in a training room. I'll just root from the stands like everyone else. But I'll watch the game with a new respect for the people that help behind the scenes, and out of the spotlight.

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