(AMHERST, WI) – Each year, members of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association nominate someone who has had an impact with the student-athletes, school and the community. Jodi Waltenberg, certified athletic trainer for Ministry Sports Medicine, received the local service award. It was presented during the last home Amherst girls’ basketball game of the season.
Pam Huston, athletic director at Amherst High School, nominated Waltenberg for the award. She said, “Jodi has worked with the student athletes and coaches at Amherst High School for 15 years. She helps coaches and student athletes to both treat and prevent sport-related injuries.”
Huston said Jodi will help coaches develop programs to help their athletes avoid injuries. For example, female athletes are more prone to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. The coaches asked Jodi to come up with a program to help prevent those types of injuries, which Jodi did.
Huston said, “Jodi is so dedicated. She is at our school several nights a week, and is on hand for every home and away football game, the twenty-two regular season home games for both, boys and girls basketball – as well as any playoff games, and every home wrestling meet. She does a phenomenal job.”
Huston added, “The really great thing about Jodi is that she doesn’t just help our students physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. The coaches love her, the kids love her, their families love her. Because she has been with us for so many years, she has taken care of whole families.”
Jodi shared that she was made to feel welcome from the first day she started at AHS.
“I always felt part of the community,” stated Jodi. “Working with the families, coaches, athletic director and athletes during the past 15 years has been amazing! It is an honor to be recognized for the services I provide, but the best recognition is to see an athlete return to the sport they love after an injury.”