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Camp for Aspiring Athletic Trainers

Pennsylvania leads the nation when it comes to the number of athletic trainers in a high school setting. That’s according to the National Athletic Trainer...

Pennsylvania leads the nation when it comes to the number of athletic trainers in a high school setting.
That's according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Some 80% of schools have access to a certified trainer.

If you've ever thought you might like to be one, Geisinger has a week-long summer camp for you.

Northeastern and central Pennsylvania loves its hometown sports.

There are about 40-certified Geisinger Medical Center athletic trainers stationed in various high schools and colleges in the area.

They handle all athletes and often get a lot of questions from students about what it takes to become an athletic trainer.

"They may have seen their athletic trainers at school do it and be curious- we give them a little insight on how it's done," said Joe Giunta, a senior athletic trainer.

That's why staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine has decided to put on a camp this summer, according to Giunta.

"We've contacted the schools in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe and Wyoming counties we have relationships with. We hope to have a great turnout," he added.

"Our target audience is high school students that might be interested in athletic training. Either they know they want to do it, or they've heard about it and they think it's something they want to go into. Our goal is to give them more info to see if it's a career they might want to go for," said Jayme Galdieri, a certified athletic trainer.

Galdieri  said a similar camp, half lecture and half hands-on work, has been successful in the Danville area, but this is the first of its kind in the Wyoming Valley.

"A lot of us are former athletes. We were drawn to the sports medicine aspect of it either because we didn't have an athletic trainer, or because we had an athletic trainer that we mentored or that really helped us in some way," Galdieri said.

The camp is open to any high school student or incoming college freshman.

The camp runs from Monday June 29 through Friday July 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Geisinger's Orthopaedic building on East Mountain Boulevard. The cost for the camp is $50. The deadline to sign up is June 15. For additional information call, 570-808-8311.