_MG_5964When an athlete gets injured at Texas Wesleyan, the first one on the scene will be Kyle Morgan, head athletic trainer.

Morgan has been the head athletic trainer at Wesleyan since August of 2001. Morgan said he wanted to start out working in a small college setting, but has stayed at Wesleyan for more than a decade.

“I found this small college, and as they put it, people that come here, you learn that it’s a family,” Morgan said.

Morgan said his job is to help prevent, care and treat athletic injuries. Morgan said if an athlete must have surgery, he sees that athlete through rehabilitation, recovery and helps him get back to playing.

Morgan said he found athletic training on accident during his undergraduate years at the University of New Mexico when a friend suggested he try it.

“Honestly, I said yes just because I wanted her to stop bugging me,” Morgan said. “And  I fell in love with it.”

Morgan said after earning his undergraduate degree, he attended Sam Houston State University for graduate school, and eventually found his way to Wesleyan when he heard about the job opening.

Paige Wheaton, sophomore athletic training major, said she can tell Morgan is experienced and loves his job because of the way he teaches and how the athletes trust him.

“He’s really good about letting the students get hands on experience,” Wheaton said. “He’s not the type of person who’s like I have to do everything.”

Wheaton said Morgan is relatable and the relationships he makes with the athletes and trainers make it easy to learn and trust him.

Victoria Schock, sophomore biology major and  cross-country and track runner, has been in the athletic training room many times due to her injured ankle.

Schock said Morgan is friendly and interacts with everyone in the training room, even if they are not in the main sports he deals with. Schock said she knows she can call Morgan if she has any questions, and he will help.

Schock said Morgan goes out of his way to help his athletes. Morgan stays late on the days her classes run over just to make sure she gets her treatment.

“I didn’t have a ride to get my ankle checked out, an X-ray, and so he brought me himself,” Schock said.

Morgan said being an athletic trainer is not being a waterboy, like the movies sometimes portray.

“We are recognized as an allied health care professional by the American Medical Association,” Morgan said.

Morgan said to be an athletic trainer it requires passion for the job because of the long hours and the pay. Morgan said he sees the athletes more than his own family, but he loves his job.

“This is a family,” Morgan said. “We fight in here like a family. We have issues as a family, and it’s just like having a family. We’ll also back anybody up no matter what.”