Although they spend most of their time in the training room or on the sidelines, Notre Dame’s student trainers perform a valuable service for the football team. Working closely with the head trainers of the Sports Medicine staff, student trainers are responsible for everything from providing the players with water to assisting trainers with medical treatments. Photo courtesy of Rose Hart The football student trainers work with the head trainers and play an integral role in helping the team stay healthy.Junior Rose Hart said she wanted to be a student trainer before she was even at Notre Dame. Her brother, a former Notre Dame student, told her about the program and encouraged her to do it, she said.“I had been telling my friends since junior year of high school, ‘I’m going to be an athletic trainer at Notre Dame,’” Hart said.Student trainers’ primary responsibility is working closely with head trainers to ensure the players are healthy and hydrated on and off the field, Hart said.“We do pre- and post-practice treatments,” she said. “We’ll assist the head trainers in whatever they need us to do. It’s a lot of taping ankles, wrists, fingers.”Junior Claire Boyce works alongside Hart and said the student trainers enjoy their responsibility.“We work in the training room helping with rehab treatments and other responsibilities,” Boyce said in an email. “We also work with the football team and take pride in being ‘hydration specialists’ at practices and games.”Although games can be hectic on the field, Hart said the trainers always have a good time on football Saturdays.“Sometimes it’s a little bit of running around, making sure everything’s good,” Hart said. “Everyone’s so nice and helpful. It’s not really that stressful. It’s mostly just fun.”Not only do student trainers put in up to 20 hours of work during football season, but they sacrifice typical game day experiences, such as tailgating and cheering alongside their classmates in the student section.“Initially I thought I’d miss tailgating, but once I started working the games, I realized being on the sidelines was just as fun,” Boyce said. “Working alongside the team every day, I’m very invested in ND football, so I love getting to watch the games from the field.”Hart said she was worried about missing out during her freshman year but has come to love working on game days. This year, she worked the first two home games but had the third game against Miami (OH) off. She said she spent the day tailgating with her friends and family but missed being part of the training team.“I found myself missing being inside game day — getting to be on the field before the game, and setting up, and seeing all the pre-game things,” she said. “It’s a very different experience. I definitely don’t regret it, but sometimes my friends miss me.”Both Hart and Boyce have been student trainers since their freshman year, when they applied, interviewed and shadowed upperclassmen for a year before being selected to continue for the next three years. Hart said the student trainers have a great community with each other and the teams with which they work.“There’s about 20 of us and we’re really close, so it’s really fun,” Hart said.The student trainers even have some traditions of their own, including watching the team walk to Notre Dame Stadium before every game, Hart said.“One of my favorite things to do is after we have everything set up and we hear the band start to play, Claire and I will run up to the top of the Stadium,” Hart said. “I stand at the top and look over and can see the Main Building, the Basilica, the library and everything. I get to see the team walk in and all the fans get really excited. It’s an awesome view.”Tags: football, Football Friday Feature, Sports Medicine, Student trainers
Enter … Jimmy Nelson?The Dodgers reportedly agreed to terms with the right-handed pitcher on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2021. Nelson’s contract reportedly guarantees less money ($1 million) than the Twins gave Hill, but incentives can bring its value to $13 million over two years ― more than the Twins gave Hill. According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, these incentives would merely allow Nelson a chance to earn what he would have made in arbitration if the Brewers elected to keep him.Nelson, 30, missed all of 2018 and pitched only 22 innings in 2019 after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder. He was eligible for salary arbitration this winter. When the Brewers decided not to tender him a contract, Nelson became a free agent.Staying true to the hypothesis I put forth earlier, Nelson’s signing falls under point #2: Friedman signed a pitcher who can help absorb Hyun-Jin Ryu’s workload. Nelson might not help much. It’s not fair to expect him to pitch 187 ⅔ innings, like Ryu did in 2019. It is fair to expect him to throw more innings than Hill, given the uncertainty around Hill’s age (40) and surgery (“primary elbow repairs” didn’t exist 10 years ago). Nelson’s contract amounts to a low-risk wager, the kind that sometimes works out amazingly for the Dodgers (Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Brandon Morrow) and sometimes does not (Franklin Gutierrez, Brandon Beachy, Sergio Romo).It’s fair to ask why Nelson is getting this roster spot and not Hill, but no one ever accused this front office of putting practical concerns ahead of sentimentality. Nelson is 10 years younger than Hill. He’s being guaranteed less money. You can point out exceptions to every rule, but whenever a team opts against re-signing its own free agent, it’s fair to be skeptical: What do the Dodgers know about Rich Hill’s health that the Twins don’t? The same logic would apply to Nelson and the Brewers, of course, but the Brewers might have had to guarantee Nelson $13 million in arbitration whether or not his health cooperated. The Dodgers don’t. Editor’s note: This is the Tuesday, Jan. 7 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The question was there at the beginning of the off-season: how would the Dodgers fill out their starting rotation between now and spring training? It gained steam when Gerrit Cole signed with the Yankees. It gained more steam when Hyun-Jin Ryu signed with the Blue Jays, then more when Rich Hill signed with the Twins. I first deployed the analogy of steam pressure building inside a valve back on Dec. 23, when I wrote about the implications of Ryu’s departure:If [president of baseball operations Andrew] Friedman was truly comfortable with his 2020 roster without Ryu, it’s probably owed to one of a few reasons: 1, the Dodgers’ internal projections for Ryu’s replacements (Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, Julio Urias, possibly Ross Stripling) are bullish; 2, Friedman is confident he can sign or trade for a pitcher who can help absorb Ryu’s workload; 3, Friedman is confident he can sign or acquire a position player who will significantly upgrade a position of weakness (right field, according to ZiPS); 4, some combination of the above.The reasons to lament Hill’s departure were more sentimental than practical. Hill was already expected to miss the first few months of the season ― at least ― following elbow surgery. If he was going to be a major contributor to the 2020 Dodgers, it was going to be as a trade-deadline acquisition of sorts. Hill reinvigorated his career with the Dodgers, and his emotions showed when he addressed the media after signing for life-changing money at the 2016 Winter Meetings. Between Hill and Ryu, losing two fan favorites in the span of a week didn’t feel great. We also need to put this transaction in the context of an incomplete off-season. While the Dodgers don’t have to make another move to field a complete team in 2020, the Red Sox do have to make at least one move to get their payroll below the competitive balance tax threshold. (Cots estimates the Red Sox payroll at $226.9 million; the CBT kicks in at $208 million.) New GM Chaim Bloom doesn’t want to trade his best player to achieve his fiscal mandate but, unlike his former boss in Tampa Bay, Bloom isn’t in position to stand pat.To that end, the Dodgers can’t be alone in their zeal for Mookie Betts. That’s why we can’t discount the possibility that signing Nelson gives Friedman some leeway in his chats with Bloom. Does having Nelson allow Friedman to trade one of his other starting pitchers to Boston? Is David Price the left-handed starter the Dodgers were targeting to replace Hill and Ryu all along? Depending on how available Betts still is, I believe these are the more interesting questions today.-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Bones sinking like stonesCheaters often prosper ― The Boston Red Sox reportedly used their video replay room to steal signs in 2018, in violation of MLB rules.In related news ― The Houston Astros players are likely to avoid punishment when MLB punishes the organization’s sign-stealing practices, according to ESPN.Bullpen help ― The Dodgers reportedly signed a four-year veteran to a minor-league contract.More than Bellinger ― Who are the Dodgers’ best draft picks of the 2010s?More than Lux ― Baseball America ranked the Dodgers’ Top 10 prospects.Tickets still remain ― Tommy Lasorda will be among the guests of honor at the annual PBSF dinner this Saturday in Beverly Hills. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Argentina produced the greatest comeback in Women’s World Cup history to keep its last-16 qualification hopes alive.Scotland led 3-0 with 16 minutes to play in Paris on Wednesday with goals from Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie and Erin Cuthbert having seemingly secured victory for Shelley Kerr’s team. Alexander saved Bonsegundo’s initial spotkick — and the rebound — but she was deemed to have moved off her line so the penalty was retaken, with the second effort smashed home.3 – Argentina have become the first ever side to come from three goals down to avoid defeat in a Women’s World Cup match. Drama. #FIFAWWC #ARG #SCOARG pic.twitter.com/wjF9EiPRQC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2019No team has ever before come from three goals down to avoid defeat in a Women’s World Cup match.But Argentina still face an anxious wait to discover whether it will be in the last 16 as its progression depends on results in Thursday’s action in Groups E and F. But Scotland collapsed in incredible circumstances, a 3-3 draw meaning it finished bottom of Group D and is out of the World Cup.Milagros Menendez got one back for Argentina before it cut the deficit to a single goal when Flor Bonsegundo’s strike rebounded off the woodwork and in off Lee Alexander.The Scotland goalkeeper would be even more unfortunate in added time as she was beaten for a third time, Argentina having been awarded a penalty when Sophie Howard was adjudged to have fouled Aldana Cometti following a VAR check.