Steve Cannata has been an athletic trainer for 40 years, with 36 of those years at KO. In addition, he has been the varsity baseball coach for the past 20 seasons. Students who have had the misfortune of being hurt and have gone to Mr. Cannata have found him warm and welcoming. Eighth-grader football player Carter Dyreson visited Mr. Cannata for an arm injury. “He was kind and nice,” he said.
Mr. Cannata is never bored in his job because something is always happening in the trainer’s office. “It’s interesting because you never know what’s going to happen. You don’t know when somebody’s gonna get hurt and what the injury is gonna be. You gotta be prepared for everything. No two are the same because each day is different and new. So it’s never boring. There’s always new things to learn and keep up on,” he said. Mr. Cannata has seen injuries ranging from broken femurs to concussions and is always prepared for any injury.
Being a trainer also has social benefits and the chance to be part of a community. “What I like best about being a trainer is that I get to deal with a lot of the athletes and get to know them, as well as I get to go outside and go to all the games,” he said. Thanks to Mr. Cannata, everyone will have a safe and fun season for the rest of the year and the years to come. However, if a player does end up getting hurt, he or she will have a great trainer to help them heal faster as well as being helpful and friendly to all players who go to him.