After experiencing athletic training at both a collegiate and high school level, Alvarado says he prefers being involved in high school athletics because the competition isn’t based on money.
“At this level, no one gets paid. It’s all for fun, just about enjoying the sport. The excitement and the motivation is definitely here, so it’s definitely good to be at this level where these kids are just playing because they love the sport,” Alvarado said.
For those like McNair that are looking at athletic training as a possible career path, Alvarado said that the best advice he can give is to gain experience as soon as possible.
“The number one thing is [to] experience it. Get out there, do some internship hours, reach out to your local athletic trainer or physical therapist or sports doctor, and just see what they do and see if you like it,” Alvarado said. “It’s good that we have [opportunities at Redwood], just like KelseyRose had the opportunity to experience it. Either she comes away with a good experience or a bad experience, at least that experience can tell her, ‘This is where I want to take my life,’ or ‘No, I don’t like it.’ She’ll know by getting hands-on experience.”
Not only is Alvarado successful at interacting with athletes, he is also a team player. Peish remembered a time about seven years ago when Alvarado joined in with the PE department for the Halloween skit.
“We did gold trophies, the ones you get when you’re a little kid. The PE department spray painted themselves and he was one of the poses. I think he was ‘basketball,’” Peisch said. “He is definitely a team player. We needed another [trophy] and he jumped in and totally helped out.”