Settling in Our New Home
The Sommer Center has seen a lot of action since opening to the university community
November 2012. While Copeland Court and the fitness center have been the main attractions
to the majority of people on campus, the training room has been a highlight for the
training staff, athletes and coaches.
With the number of student-athletes growing each year, the training staff was struggling to find the room and equipment for treatment and rehabilitation. The opening of the Sommer Center quickly resolved those issues.
Head trainer Kim Schimmoeller has noticed the impact the new training room has made simply because of the space it provides. "The space has made it so one team doesn't intimidate and take over the training room. It has become more inviting to the athletes and they are more likely to come and see us," she said. "We are now able to treat and rehabilitate on site. We don't have to send them to other locations or into a different room. The trainers can watch the athletes to make sure they are doing their rehabilitation exercises correctly. That makes a huge difference."
Basketball player Kylee Burkholder '14 also enjoys the larger room. "The extra space allows us to breathe a little bit," she said. "Before, we were always right on top of each other. It also gives us space from the opposing teams when they need to use our facilities before games."
The other key component to the training room's success is the equipment. The hydrotherapy pool is an exciting addition that has already gotten a lot of use. Water workouts for serious injuries have sped the recovery of athletes, allowing them to get back in action sooner.
The athletes aren't the only ones benefiting from the new space. The training room features two spacious offices for the training staff—something that the old room in Founders Hall didn't provide. "We have doors now," Schimmoeller added with a smile. "It is nice to have the privacy. This way we don't have to tell athletes career-ending news in front of a room full of people."
Another benefit the new room offers is its windows, according to Schimmoeller. This detail may not seem like much, but it makes a world of difference to the training staff when they arrive at work at 5 a.m. and do not leave until 7 p.m. or later, she said.