ATs MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Omaha AT Helps Team through ‘Rough Season’
Before each school year starts, Bill Kleber,
ATC, talks with parents who attend
the annual sports meeting. He
lets them know who he is and
what he does.
after he’d been working so hard,” Kleber said.
Another physician’s exam showed that Jared had torn
his MCL again, as well as his patella femoral ligament.
He had also subluxed his kneecap.
If all goes well, Kleber
may not talk to some of
the parents again. But
as Athletic Trainer (AT) at
Creighton Prep in Omaha,
Nebraska, he’s sometimes the bearer
of bad news. He is the guy who calls
parents if their athlete gets injured.
This time, Jared needed surgery. It fell on the first
day of his spring break - a blessing, Cathy said,
because he was able to stay home without missing
Bill Kleber, ATC
In the fall of 2011, he made a lot of calls.
An extensive rehabilitation followed. Jared worked with
Kleber at Creighton Prep’s athletic training facility and with
an outside physical therapist. Kleber helped with pain
control, in reducing inflammation and with monitoring Jared
when it came time to start lifting again.
“It was a rough season,” Kleber said.
A string of injuries that football season began when Jared
Goracke, a 15-year-old sophomore at the time, hurt his knee
during a drill. Kleber’s sidelines evaluation revealed a positive
Valgus test, suggesting an MCL tear. Kleber called Jared’s
parents right away and referred them to a physician.
Sure enough, it was a complete tear. Like that, Jared’s
football season ended. His was one of four serious injuries
on the team – and the first of two of his own.
Bad luck struck again the following spring when Jared,
rehabbed and recovered, went out for track. He lost his
footing while gearing up to throw disc.
Jared called Cathy to let her know he was injured and
couldn’t walk. Kleber made another phone call that night to
follow up. He recommended that Jared see a physician right
“It was kind of a tough phone call to make to his parents
“I like seeing a patient get better, the day-to-day process,”
Kleber’s key role during the process was acting as
communicator. Cathy said Kleber was
always very calm when talking
with her about Jared’s injury
and rehab. He gave the
about the injury but
explained it in a way that
was easy to understand,
Remaining calm is one of
the most important parts of
communicating with youth
and their parents, Kleber said. When he makes a call to
parents or talks with an athlete, he does his best to keep
anyone from getting more scared.
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