According to senior Christian Arteaga, who met athletic trainer Josh Brodersen as a football player, Broderson is always available and fully invested in all sports.
“He’s always around for football during the summer. He’s always there during practices with us too and for other sports. He’s someone who’s more than a trainer, but who’s a part of our team,” Arteaga said. “He’s really cool with all of us and gets involved with practice sometimes. He’s a really nice open guy who you’re able to go to for anything.”
According to cross country coach Chris Nordstrom, he credits his increased knowledge on running injuries and better coaching to Brodersen.
“In talking with him over the years, I’m able to have an understanding of some of those injuries, which then better helps me coach the kids,” Nordstrom said. “With everything that I’ve dealt with him, he’s been really positive. He’s straightforward and lets me know what kids need to do.”
For Brodersen, Park has been a welcoming community that he’s glad to have been a part of.
“At Park, it’s about my relationships with the kids who are playing in those sports,” Brodersen said. “What makes it really rewarding is getting them back out on the field or seeing them five years from when they were a freshman and now they’re off going to college as a senior having sustained success.”
Nordstrom said Brodersen is vital to the well-being of the community especially when athletes endure certain injuries.
“Kids put a lot on the line every day; they work hard and push their bodies — sometimes their bodies break down a little bit. You have somebody that’s consistently here, helping our students and our athletes who are hurting, banged up or more severely injured,” Nordstrom said. “Just to have that person who’s consistent is helpful for all of our programs. If our kids are being served, their health and athletics, that’s a good thing for our community.”
Arteaga said Brodersen’s creates a welcoming environment that brings together the Park sports community in an unparalleled way.
“One really cool thing is his room is open — regardless if you really need to go. If you need to see him directly or not, he has a bunch of equipment in his room: foam rollers, smaller dumbbells and resistance bands that could help you stretch,” Arteaga said. “For the athletic community within our school, it really brings (everyone) together like no other thing (can). He makes sure everyone knows his room is open for anybody.”
According to Brodersen, he’s looking forward to meeting new people and continuing the athletic training and rehabilitation program at Park.
“I’m really enjoying my time here. I always look forward to the next round of kids that I get to meet,” Brodersen said. “I just hope to continue to develop the relationships that I have in the community, help the athletes here at Park and find ways to grow this sports medicine program we have here.”