By Rebecca Lynch
A recent graduate from Endicott College, Carl Gentile now fills the position of athletic trainer.
According to Gentile, he received other offers including North Reading and a couple New York schools, but he felt most comfortable here.
“I really like it. The kids are good, and the staff and coaches are all nice. It’s great to be in a new facility,” he said.
Gentile studied physical therapy at Endicott College and participated in internships at Harmeling Physical Therapy and Sports Med North.
Athletes appreciate his educational background.
“He’s a very good trainer. He’s knowledgeable and really knows what he’s talking about,” junior Eliza Rohner said.
According to Gentile, his interest in physical therapy stemmed from a love of sports. His favorite sport to watch is football, and he played hockey and baseball in high school.
“I actually blew my shoulder in high school, and I had to go through extensive rehab for that. The process sparked my interest in physical therapy,” Gentile said.
Although he enjoys physical therapy, Gentile said he is continuing his education in hopes to eventually become a physician’s assistant.
In the trainer room, Gentile’s personality has made an immediate impact.
“He’s friendly and laid back. It makes going to the trainer effortless,” junior Aryanna Tiberii said.
“The knowledge and comfort level he offers makes everyone trust him more,” freshman Rachel Daley said.
Gentile has treated many athletes so far.
Tiberii, a soccer player, received a concussion during a game earlier this season.
“[Gentile] was able to diagnose my concussion right away. He told me exactly what I needed to do to heal and I was able to play again in a couple weeks,” she said.
Rohner, also a soccer player, experienced hip tendonitis last year, and it carried over to this year. The tendonitis requires daily treatment.
“The transition from last year and this year was very easy. [Gentile] does all of the same treatments that I went through before, but he added some of his own which have helped a lot!” she said.