Trainer Powelson supports athletes
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 14:02
Injuries are a part of any sport and it is nearly impossible to stay away from them. Athletic trainer Brian “B” Powelson knows just about everything concerning injuries and he takes all the precautions to keep the Comet players 100 percent.
Powelson goes step-by-step to get injured players back in action, but the players will not play until he is sure that they are ready to go.
Comet football player Carlos Navarrete said he does everything step-by-step and is thorough in his work.
“I show (athletes) a lot of respect,” Powelson said. “They know I’m looking at what’s best for their health.”
Powelson was born in San Bruno in 1969 and was raised in San Francisco.
He is a father of three and all of his children attended child care at Contra Costa College.
After graduating from Cal State-Sacramento in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, he took his love for sports and science and became an athletic trainer at American and Judgment High School in Sacramento.
“I was always interested in sports and science, so this was an area that matched my interests,” Powelson said.
In 1995 Powelson became the interim athletic trainer at CCC after taking over for a friend who took a leave of absence, but after she did not return he kept the job.
In 2002 he had the interim title knocked off and became the full-time trainer.
“I started here in ’95,” he said. “I took over for her on an interim basis because (my predecessor) took a maternity leave.”
Athletic Director John Wade said that he just about does everything and is incredible.
Some players attribute their continuous athletic participation to Powelson.
“Without him I would be hurt all the time,” Navarrete said.
Powelson does more than just help aid with injuries.
He lets the athletes know what kind of injury they have and why he does all the steps he might have to perform.
If an athlete suffers an injury he gives them specific instructions for physical rehab to help the athlete prevent injuring an ailment any further.
“He gives them good assignments to help prevent them from getting seriously injured,” women’s soccer coach Nikki Ferguson said.
Powelson creates a friendly environment for the athletes.
He said he wants them to feel comfortable when the players are in his work area.
Powelson also wants them to open up more about the injury, so he can give them full treatment.
He said that he enjoys teasing the athletes and they keep him fresh and hip.
“He creates a good environment and cares about every athlete,” football coach Alonzo Carter said.
“He makes (players) feel comfortable about injuries that they normally won’t tell the coaches.”
He checks in with coaches about the condition of a player’s injury everyday and tells the coaches when it is OK for them to begin practicing again.
Carter said what makes him such a reliable trainer is his knowledge of various injuries.
“He makes my job easy and he checks with me everyday about our players injury status,” Carter said.