Go behind the scenes and learn how the Athletic Department staff prepares for the 2004 football season. Each week, Cardinal Commitment will feature a different member of the staff that will discus his/her role with the Stanford Football program. Charlie Miller (Head Athletic Trainer) is this week's guest.
CC: What are you doing on a daily basis to prepare for the upcoming football game?
CM: The athletic training staff works seven days a week caring for the medical needs of the football team. We are open during the week Monday-Friday from early morning until about 7:00 pm and on Sundays from noon until 7:00. Friday nights at the team hotel we provide treatments after dinner and on game day we are available from after the team wakes up until several hours after the game (longer in the case of a road trip). For example, when the team arrived on campus at 5:30 am following the WSU trip, several athletes came directly into the room for treatment. The sports medicine staff attempts to do everything possible to provide quality medical care to all of our student-athletes to enable them to return to participation as rapidly and as safely as possible.
CC: What is your most important job on game day?
CM: Personally, my most important job in addition to providing emergency care to any injured athlete during the game, is to keep the coaches informed as to player status. Should any player become injured during the course of the game and is not available to go onto the field for any reason, specific coaches need to be informed so that we will have appropriate athletes in the game and not have to take a time out to make an adjustment.
CC: If you could tell the average fan one thing about Stanford Football that they may not know, what would that be?
CM: The amount of time the student-athletes spend in addition to practice time, such as meetings, watching film, getting medical treatment or care, and pre-practice preparation.
CC: What is your most memorable Stanford Football experience?
CM: Probably the upset victory at Oregon in 2001.
CC: What is your Stanford Football goal? What do you want to achieve this season?
CM: To make a Bowl Game and return to post-season play.
CM:'Cardinal Commitment' is what I have seen the seniors go through in being role models and examples for the younger players during the off season conditioning program, Spring Football, training camp and throughout the season.