World-class treatment for a World Class corps


From rolled ankles to runny noses, The Cadets' medical team is always on call

In regards to both members and staff, The Cadets are known for drawing from all across the country and world. That makes the case of our medical team all the more interesting, since all three are from the University of South Carolina. 

It originally started out with just one, Brian Seiler. Earlier in the year, one of the faculty members at USC approached him about the opportunity, and he jumped on it. Brian then asked George if he could bring some students along with him to help, and that's how Alex Hall and Chris Watson came into the fold.

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"I talked to Alex and Chris about it, and they both agreed to come with me and help for Spring Training," Brian said. "And then George offered to have them come on tour for the rest of the summer."

While all three have had previous musical experience, this is their first time on a drum corps tour. Alex said she was pretty familiar with the activity, having gone to nearby shows to support friends who have marched. For Chris, it's been a very new experience, having last played trumpet about 6 or 7 years ago. Brian said it's been a little out of left field.

"All three of us were in band in elementary school or high school, but not anything drum corps-related," Brian said. "It actually opened our eyes to something new that we hadn't seen before."

About a month and a half into the job, all three agree that it's been a great experience so far.

"We've all had fun," Brian said. "The members are great. They work with us. We work with them. I think we really do a lot of good for them with three of us being here, instead of just one person."

Chris said he enjoys doing stuff that pertains to what he's learned in his classes. At USC, students are assigned to a different sport each semester — from soccer to track to football. Sometimes it's just a matter of performing evaluations or keeping the players hydrated.

An interesting facet of the job here is adapting to the different requirements of this unique activity. 

"It's been a lot different having to keep them out on the field," he said. "In class, we learn that rest is the best option for a lot of injuries. But out here, we kind of have to think outside the box, because we have to keep them out on the field. That's the hardest and coolest part about being here."

Alex agreed that that aspect of the activity added a lot of intensity to the job, but she appreciates how it's helping to improve her skills as a trainer. 

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"I also like how hard everyone works," she said. "That's really cool to me. And how polite they are compared to how we're sometimes treated by the athletes we normally work with. It's been a very good experience. I've enjoyed all of it so far."

In an ideal situation, The Cadets wouldn't need one, let alone three trainers. But with the activity being what it is, we're certainly appreciative of the team we have on board with us this year.

 

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