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TP, to those in-the-know

C. Jones
TP, to those in-the-know

TP. Most, if not all, athletes at Mater Dei Catholic High School know this name. Although, to students who do not play sports, TP probably doesn’t even ring a bell. He works in his room which is located in between the girls and boys locker rooms.  TP comes every day after school to treat athletes with whatever injury they may have. He helps to rehabilitate students and give them treatments. TP is our school’s trainer, Trainer Paul Battillo.

Battillo is certified with bachelor’s degrees from SDSU in Science and Kinesiology. In regards to his daily duties, Battillo said  “on a daily basis I treat and care all athletes, all sports. So that includes taping, bandaging, stretching, exercises and rehabs.”  Battillo says that his favorite part of his job is helping people. Battillo’s favorite sport to train is “probably football because it is the most dynamic sport. There are a lot of variables and different personalities on a large scale with a lot of people.”

Battillo became a trainer because he “was an athlete myself in high school. I played football, hockey, and track. I like being outside as well as inside and with athletic training, I can do both”. The worst injury he treated was a fractured humerus. “It broke through the skin and was sticking out during a game.”  The school provides for most of Battillo’s equipment, but he says that he pays for a lot of little things that he needs. When asked what he would want to be besides a trainer, Battilla says that he would want to be a physical therapist or a doctor.

Athletes around the school love Battillo. Junior Jovan Bayless, who has been treated by Battillo since last year, claims that Battillo is a great trainer. “I do enjoy my treatment with Trainer Paul and I’m thankful to have him here because without him I wouldn’t be as prepared with my muscles and my knee is in better condition now,” Bayless said. Bayless says that Battillo treats him with Biofreeze, “This thing called Biofreeze warms me up and is like a soothing sensation. He also has me roll out my muscles with a rolling stick.”

Sophomore, Nick Dell’acqua, has also been treated by Battillo. Dell’acqua says that he was treated for his knee. His treatment requires him to do lots of stretching and also includes an ice bath, which seems to be a popular method of treatment among students. “I enjoy my treatment because he’s a really nice guy and looks out for me and the rest of the guys” Dell’acqua says about Battillo.

Both Dell’acqua and Bayless say they would recommend Battillo to other students.

Students know that if they are feeling any pain or discomfort, they can check out Trainer Paul Battillo and see what he can do for them.

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