Aaron Engel usually only needs to look in a player’s eyes.
“I know most of them well enough, I can just tell,” the Stillman Valley trainer said. “If they have that glossy, glazed look, then that’s the first sign.”
Engel, a certified athletic trainer for Orthopedic Rehab Specialists, is one of dozens of high school trainers in the area whose job is to be the first responder when a head injury occurs. He determines if a player is well enough to return to the game, or if it is something more severe.