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Training athletes and herself: Cate Rutledge

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Rutledge ensuring that the JV football team is adequately hydrated.

Green Hope junior Cate Rutledge has made a large impact on Green Hope athletics in just her first few months.

Her journey as a Sports Medicine student assistant (Sports Med trainer) began at the end of the ’22-’23 school year. On a typical shift she applies elastic tape to athletes to help prevent injury, fills water tanks, and distributes them to athletes around the school.

Recently, the GH Falcon interviewed Rutledge to learn more about her Sports Medicine career and her future plans.

What made you want to become a sports med trainer?

I wanted to apply because I took Sports Med 1 and 2 and I really liked the teacher that taught it.

She had Ms. Williams as her teacher and enjoyed learning about medicinal aspects. This position allowed more of an insight into terminology and anatomy.

What is your favorite aspect of being a sports med trainer?

My favorite aspect of being a sports med trainer is helping injured athletes return to play

One type of injury that she frequently assists recovery in are concussions.

How do you spend your time outside of school and being a trainer?

I really love to cook and I love my sport [of] rowing.

On a busy day, Rutledge may have to stay after school to assist with practices, staying further at times to assist with games. This means she frequently has 14-15 hours of school and her Sports Medicine student assistant duties.

What is your favorite memory as a sports trainer?

My favorite memory so far was going to the big stadium field for the first time and some of the varsity players had not practiced there before. I saw how their eyes lit up inside.

What are your future goals?

“In the future I really want to go to UNC Chapel Hill or Michigan and I really want to get a scholarship for rowing. I want to continue medical training.”

As Rutledge continues at Green Hope– she has her sights set for the future, starting here.

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Armaan Minhas, Staff Writer
Armaan is a senior at Green Hope and this is his first year as a staff member of the GH Falcon. Armaan is a member of NHS and the President of Social Studies Honor Society. He enjoys playing sports and is on GH’s Football and Track & Field teams. Outside of school, Armaan takes part in a Navy program called the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. In his freetime, he loves to hang out with his friends, watching football and doing outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and disc golf.
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