By RACHEL MANGINI
“Camp Woodward is like
heaven for those involved in extreme sports,” says University of Pittsburgh at
Bradford senior Anthony Citriniti of Pittsburgh.
Citriniti and junior Kyley Mickle, both
students of Pitt-Bradford’s athletic training department, interned at Camp
Woodward in central Pennsylvania this summer.
Woodward is an
extreme sports residential camp for athletes in BMX, skateboard, scooter,
inline skate, snowboard, ski, parkour, cheer, gymnastics, and tumbling. If you
are involved in the extreme sports community, you know about Woodward.
Considered by many to have the best facilities and training program of its kind
in the world, Woodward is often visited by high profile extreme athletes.
Mickle of Port Allegany, Pa., met 2012 Olympic gold medalist gymnast Jordyn
Citriniti was excited to have “covered the 2014 Mongoose Jam tournament, which
featured more than 20 professional BMX riders.” He also met “a 10-year-old
skateboarder who is the youngest to ever land a 900 degree (2.5 spins). Only 12
people ever have pulled off that trick!”
For an athletic
trainer, Woodward is an incomparable place to be. Mickle explains
the day-to-day work at the camp: “Work in the athletic training room involves
evaluating injuries, different tapings from ankles to wrists, wound care,
documenting head injuries and other major injuries, calling parents to update
them of their child’s status, and doing rehabilitation exercises with injured
A fast-paced learning
environment, the athletic training room at Camp Woodward is a busy place. The
camp hosts more than 700 campers at any one time — brave and daring kids
involved in extreme sports. This means falls, cuts, scrapes, bruises, sprains, myriad
injuries, all things campers rely on experienced athletic training interns to
assist with so they can get back in the game.
In Woodward’s athletic
training room, there is often a line of campers extending out the door. “I learned how to
better manage an athletic training room when there are a lot, and I mean a lot,
of athletes who are looking for treatment all at the same time,” Citriniti
says. “It was literally a zoo at times.”
Without the sheer
number of athletes, the Pitt-Bradford athletic training room is quieter than
the one at Woodward, making the interns’ time at the camp overwhelming at first.
But after they adjusted, the students got invaluable preparation. “After a few
days, I learned to manage tasks more efficiently without sacrificing quality of
care,” Citriniti says.
Both students relied
heavily on what they learned in class and in practical application at
Pitt-Bradford. “I used evaluation techniques that I learned in my Evaluation of
Athletic Injuries courses, and tapings that I learned in my Practicum and
Clinical Athletic Training courses,” Mickle said.
Citriniti agreed, “because of my
classes at Pitt-Bradford, I was confident in my skills to evaluate all the
injuries I saw thoroughly and quickly.”
learned from camp staff and from each other. “I enjoyed working with other athletic
training students,” Mickle said. “It helps to see how they may do tests
differently or how they learned a certain technique a different way.”
and Citriniti applied to the athletic training program because they love
are my passion,” Mickle said. “I have
played any and all types of sports since I can remember.”
Athletic training is
about supporting athletes.
Mickle explains: “When I was in
high school, we didn’t have an athletic trainer until my senior year, which
meant that if you rolled your ankle in a game then the assistant coach would
take you to the end of the bench and try her best to tape you
up. Meanwhile, she is trying to keep stats for the head coach and watch
“It is important,” said
Mickle, who also plays basketball at Pitt-Bradford, “that athletes have someone
who has been trained in injury prevention, treatment, assessment, and
Citriniti shares her
sentiment. “I got involved in athletic training,” he says, “because I grew up
playing hockey and watching sports with my dad, brother and friends. As an
athletic trainer I still enjoy that team atmosphere. I get to be a part of the
sports medicine team: physicians, coaches, nutritionist, physical therapist,
strength and conditioning coaches, who help athletes to be successful and have
a great experience playing sports.”
Knowing Woodward was a
great learning environment for her students, Pitt-Bradford’s head athletic
trainer and clinical instructor, Angela Honeck, encouraged them to apply.
Honeck, herself an intern at Woodward while she was in college, was able not only
to recommend the camp to her students, but vice-versa. Woodward usually only
accepts rising seniors for its internship program, but because of Honeck’s recommendation,
Mickle, a rising junior, was offered a spot.
A great asset to the athletic
training department, Honeck brings numerous area physicians, surgeons,
dietitians, and other health-related medical professionals to campus for
special lectures in the athletic training program, providing them with the
tools they will need to be successful in their field.
training program at Pitt-Bradford has been an awesome experience thus far,”
Citriniti said. “The hands-on experience in class has made the transition from
taking what I learn in the classroom to what I do in my clinical rotation and
internships very easy.”
on Camp Woodward can be found at its website: www.campwoodward.com.