Martin will be sharing her award with Brian Powelson, head athletic trainer from Contra Costa College, who was second responder to the scene and also instrumental in saving Wright’s life.
“I knew immediately that this was a serious injury,” said Martin. “All of the years of education and hands-on training prepared me for a moment like this. I’m so glad that Brian and I were successful in stabilizing Wali until emergency services could transport him to the hospital.”
Martin graduated from Carondolet High School in Concord. Following some post-injury physical therapy from playing softball, she was inspired to pursue a career in athletic training. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in sports science at the University of the Pacific. “I find great fulfillment in helping athletes move from injury to full participation in their sport again,” she said.
Martin has been involved in the California Community College Athletic Trainers’ Association (CCCATA) and legislative efforts at the state level aimed at advancing her profession and the safety of high school student athletes.
The CCCATA also honored a pair of Fullerton College athletic trainers instrumental in saving the life of a baseball player. All four trainers received their awards at a recent California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) meeting in Ontario, Calif.