South Orangetown Central School District

“Essential to Health Care” is this year’s theme for National Athletic Training Month, which salutes the work of athletic trainers nationwide. As SOCSD Head Athletic Trainer, Jessica Lappe plays a crucial role in keeping athletes healthy and safe on and off the field.

“Being an AT requires you to wear a lot of different hats,” she explains. “We see everything, hear everything and notice everything because we are everywhere! We are the eyes and ears of the Athletic Department and that’s a role I take joy in.”

At the start of the pandemic, Lappe launched a daily Instagram Live program to support athletes’ physical and mental wellness. “I’m with our athletes every day and not being able to see them or talk with them or be a safe space where they could land wasn’t going to work. We have a special group of coaches with a lot of heart and they got involved as well. This was an extension of the work we’d normally be doing and helped us maintain a connection to who we are: that we love and care for one another.”

With the gradual return of interscholastic sports this school year, Lappe has been busier than ever. But it goes far beyond icing and taping. “Jess is more than our Certified Athletic Trainer, she cares about all our student-athletes, coaches and staff when it comes to their physical and emotional wellbeing. Jess has a ‘can do’ attitude and an energy that exudes positivity that is transformational. Our district is so lucky to have her,” says Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Bill Pilla.

Thanks for all that you do, Jess!

Head Athletic Trainer Jessica Lappe