Two former WolfPack players find opportunities to help out
Last year, Jared Mitchell and Catherine Jordan were WolfPack athletes, but this year they’ve found a way to support the team from the sidelines with Kevin Brechin, the WolfPack’s athletic therapist.
Mitchell and Jordan began their training with Brechin at the beginning of October and have since been getting their first hands-on experience dealing with injured athletes.
“We’ve learned to tape; taping ankles, wrists, thumbs, which is big in sports and big in physio,” Mitchell said. “We learned stretching. If Kevin was ever out of town and if somebody playing went down, we could help them stretch out.”
Mitchell first started playing WolfPack volleyball in 2011. He began halfway through the season, but left almost immediately due to a broken wrist. He re-joined the WolfPack for the next two seasons.
This year, Mitchell supports the players from the sidelines of the court.
“I want to go into physio school at UBC so I figured job shadowing and getting some experience related to physiotherapy would look good on the resume,” Mitchell said. “It’s really tough to get into, so I’m hoping this will help a lot.”
“It’s something that I can see myself doing in the future. I wouldn’t like to sit at a desk. I like more hands-on things. This way you’re always interacting with people, you’re always helping people out.”
Mitchell is in his last year of the bachelor of business program and plans to transfer to UBC for his masters in physiotherapy next year.
Jordan played basketball with the ‘Pack last year, but suffered an injured disc in her back and was unable to play this season.
“I wanted to be involved with the team in another way,” Jordan said. “My mom is masseuse and physiotherapist, so I’ve taken a lot of courses for her. I’ve been working in her office since I was 15,” Jordan said. “That allows me to work with the athletes in a more in-depth way. I can actually give them massages and I know quite a bit about the types of injuries that happen, especially because I’ve been an athlete, too.”
One of the unique opportunities Brechin’s assistants have is to travel with the WolfPack to away games.
Jordan spent her first weekend away in Calgary with WolfPack volleyball on Oct. 17 and 18. It was her first time working alone. She taped a few ankles before the games and remained on the bench as the only therapist on-hand for the WolfPack.
Jordan said she was a little bit nervous on her own, but felt comfortable with the support she received from coaches.
“Kevin said that I’ll probably be assigned to the volleyball teams. So whenever they’re at home I’ll get to sit on the bench with them and whenever they travel I get to go travel with them,” Jordan said.
Looking to the future, Jordan said that she would like to continue her education, but won’t be able to stay at TRU, despite wanting to.
“I want to go to med school. I either want to be a pediatrician or I want to join the Canadian Forces and work for them as a doctor,” Jordan said.
Injuries pushed both players to the sidelines, but both have found ways to continue supporting WolfPack teams and work towards their career goals.