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SHS athletic trainer nominated for the prestigious Newell Award

Taylor Craig, Staff Writer

Stroudsburg High School is full of quality athletic teams.  They work hard all year round to achieve success.  But that success sometimes comes at a price — the dreaded injuries.

When athletes get injured and need help, there is one key person that can always turn to at SHS: athletic trainer Mr. Matt Shelton.  He helps student athletes with their needs throughout the season. Athletes can rely on him for advice, support, therapy, and more whenever they are experiencing any pain, or if something is not feeling right.

Shelton also makes sure each individual team has things needed for them, such as water, ice, and a medical kit. His efforts enable the teams to do their best to reach their potential.

For his efforts, Shelton has recently been nominated for the 2017-2018 Newell Award. Athletic trainers are nominated for the award by local orthopedic practices for their “tireless commitment” and examples of “service, leadership, and shared experiences from community members.”

According to Shelton, “seeing student athletes overcome an injury and get back on the field” is the favorite part of his job.

Being an athletic trainer comes with it own set of challenges, as well.

“It’s difficult to have to prioritize one team over another,” Shelton said.  His goal is to be as fair as possible to all teams and all individuals.

The winner of the Newell Award will be announced in the spring 2018.

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  1. Esteban Gomez on November 17th, 2017 8:07 AM

    Shelton is an amazing athletic trainer for all the sports at Stroudsburg. He is extremely knowledgeable about the human anatomy and does a great job helping the athletes perform at their highest potential. He’ll always do whatever he can to make sure you’re 100% for your next game and he is very deserving of the Newell Award.

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  2. Nate Barro on November 17th, 2017 8:08 AM

    Good work Shelton! One of the most hard working people I know and definitely deserves this award, hope he gets this award.

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  3. Aaron Messina on November 28th, 2017 7:39 AM

    There is a difference between being hurt and injured. Mr. Shelton knows the difference and encourages athletes to push through bumps and bruises because participating is the only way to become better. In other words you wont get a free pass to relaxation in the trainers room. If one of his athletes becomes injured, he makes sure there is a 100% recovery before returning. Everything Mr. Shelton does is for the betterment of Stroudsburg Sports and he deserves this award!

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