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Brenton Makes A Difference in Athlete's Lives
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Jacky Brenton is in her third year as the Athletic Trainer for District 70’s Rye High School. In that time of visiting with her annually her primary focus has not varied. Her primary motivator is a desire to “make a difference in student lives.”

She knows of what she speaks. The Colorado native spent her high school career at Vanguard in Colorado Springs. As a high school athlete, she had aspirations to play volleyball in college or join the Marines. A shoulder injury in her ____ year changed all of that.

“I can’t help but wonder if my injury had been handled a little differently, I might have still had the opportunity to continue in pursuit of my dreams,” she reflects. “But it wasn’t dealt with as I would deal with someone’s injury today and I was unable to continue toward my goal.”

Brenton’s personal look at how an athletic injury can alter a person’s life is a driving force in how she deals with young men and women at Rye High School when they are hurt.

“It is difficult to stick to protocols,” she mentioned. “At times you are the lone voice for following protocol. At times the voices of coaches, parents and the students themselves is to begin playing to soon, and risk a more serious injury. My goal is that they would return to play as strong or stronger than they were before.”

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