Biology student gets hands-on experience in sports training at ENMU

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Kelsey with her aunt and uncle in Bryan, Texas for a Ranch Horse Show. She was part of the ENMU Ranch Horse Team at that time.

Kelsey Decker is fulfilling her dream of becoming a sports coach at Eastern New Mexico University. Biology with a major in Pre-Medicine works toward a minor in athletic training while gaining real-world experience assisting athletic trainers at ENMU Athletics.

At sporting events, she helps athletic trainers get set up, makes sure they have all the necessary equipment, and makes sure athletes are hydrated.

Kelsey chose her fields of study because anatomy and sports have interested her since childhood, and she loves that her upbringing allows her to “help people recover from injury.”

The eldest, who plans to graduate next semester, hopes to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in athletic training and become a certified athletic trainer. “I would love to work with Justin’s sports medicine team (rodeo), professional football or baseball sports team or for college,” she shares. “I hope to find a new way to help athletes recover faster from injury and eventually find a way to avoid concussions.”

Kelsey, who was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, became interested in attending ENMU when she was a senior in high school. She explains: “I fell in love with the campus, the environment and the people. It made me feel at home. I also liked it because of the small class sizes.

Courses in Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, which were taught by Dr. Matthew Barlow, Associate Professor of Physiology, stood out the most on the Dean’s list.

Dr. Barlow is one of many mentors Kelsey had during her time at Eastern. She is inspired by him, Jacob Dotseth, Alba Ontiveros, Yesenia Portillo-Bahena, Dr. Darren Pollock and Dr. Marshall Swafford. “I know some of those teachers are gone, but I still owe them a lot for helping me get to where I am today,” Kelsey says.

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Kelsey and her horse Rumor at their first show.

One of her favorite places on campus is the soccer field because she’s “a huge soccer fan, and that’s where I help athletic coaches. That’s where I learned so much. practical experience for my future.”

Another of her favorite haunts is the gymnasium at Greyhound Arena, where she also works with athletic trainers. She adds, “It’s quiet, and I love seeing people enjoy playing a sport, even if it’s just for fun.”

She explains that the best part of being a Greyhound, in her opinion, is the bustling campus life.

Kelsey, a member of the University’s Caduceus Society and Agricultural Club, shares words of wisdom for students looking to follow a similar academic path: “The advice I would give to students who are interested in my field of study would be to study, stay stuck on your work and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you don’t understand something. That’s because there are a lot of great students out there who are willing to help you. , and teachers also want to see you succeed.

Kelsey’s hobbies include horseback riding, training and showing horses, archery, leathercraft and “pretty much anything outdoors”. One of his goals is to win a regional championship with his horse, Rumor.

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