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A Bulldog big sister

Football trainer and senior a constant on Moffat County football field for past four years

John Vandelinder

— High School football is filled with hard-hitting tackles, battles in the trenches and physical blocking schemes.

Athletes wear a variety of padding to protect them from concussions, bumps, bruises and broken bones.

Mouth guards to protect their teeth and helmets to protect their heads while they leave their hearts on the field.

These pieces of safety equipment don’t always work.

When the inevitable happens and an injury occurs, running out onto the field is the trainer.

For the Moffat County Bulldog football team, its savior is Lindsey Stehle-Doehling.

The senior has been a constant on the Moffat County football field her entire high school career.

For four years, she has tended to sprained ankles, sore backs and broken or dislocated fingers of wounded Bulldogs, in an attempt to sooth the pain they encounter.

“I have always wanted to do it,” Lindsey says. “I really enjoy helping the players.”

Practice time or game time, Lindsey is there.

Like a mother watching over her children, she keeps a keen eye on her team.

“I love football,” she grins and says as she describes watching the players take out their frustrations on the field.

The Bulldogs endured several injuries this season. J.T. Haddan went down in the third week. Travis Wilson was hurt in week four. Robert Daniels and Matt Kincheloe were just a few members of the team who were absent for one or more Bulldog games.

Lindsey was there.

There running on the field to tend to the wounded. There to investigate. There to soothe.

Lindsey – certified trainer by Jeff Pleasant of Craig Physical Therapy – has her injured player routine down.

“I first see who it is,” she said. “Then, I find out what happened, where they are hurt and how. After that, I just try to comfort them as much as possible until they are off the field and hope nothing is broken.”

Lindsey graduates this school year, but she doesn’t plan on graduating from the ranks of helping people.

She’s headed to nursing school.

“I want to be a nurse or a massage therapist,” she said. “Being a trainer in high school helped convince me of that. I used to want to be a veterinarian, not anymore.”

Lindsey has seen many a grueling injury during her tenure roaming the sidelines. She remembers the worst.

It was her junior year. Moffat County was hosting Summit High in a football scrimmage.

Luke Terrill broke his ankle, not a regular break – if there is such a thing – but a compound fracture complete with bone protruding through the skin.

“You could totally see the bone sticking out,” she winced and said. “It was gross.”

Her assistant told Terrill it would be OK, “then she turned around and puked right on the field.” Lindsey said. “Me, I don’t get woozy at that kind of stuff.”

Although she is eager to help with any unfortunate incidents occurring under the Friday night lights, she doesn’t seek them. She isn’t out to see pain and suffering from her “brothers” as she calls them.

She simply likes being part of the team.

“I love these guys out here,” she says. “They are a band of brothers. I’m their big sister.”

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