The woman behind the athlete

Muffin Morris works day and night to keep WSC athletes in the game


Richard Roden

Muffin Morris watches intently during a basketball game this season.

Melanie Alyea, Staff Writer

Many people who watch the sports at this school know everything there is to know about that sport.

They know all the rules, the players, and even know all of the dates of home games so they can come and cheer on the Wildcats.

But, what most people don’t know about Wayne State’s sports is debatably the most important part of the athletics department.

Muffin Morris is the head athletic trainer here at WSC, and her job is to make sure all the athletes are healthy and able to actually play.

Morris has been a certified athletic trainer for 11 years and as of this upcoming summer she will have been the head athletic trainer at WSC for 7 years.

“It is my responsibility to divide coverage for all of our 13 sports between my five member staff,” Morris said adding, “I currently cover football, men’s basketball and softball.”

Being an athletic trainer is no easy job.

The athletic training staff have long days consisting of sitting in on all the sport’s practices, being ready to take action if needed.

“We try to keep a regular [work] schedule of 8 to11:30 a.m. and 1 to 6:30 p.m., but that rarely occurs. During the fall I get to work at 7:30 a.m. and usually don’t leave until 8 p.m.,” said Morris.

Because Morris and the other athletic trainers sit in on the sports practices, their schedules can get a bit crazy and long.

“During the fall/winter sport transition, the schedule is a lot more hectic and at times myself and other staff may work until 11 p.m. My day starts by getting to work at 5:15 a.m. working through until 6:30 p.m. on most days,” Morris said.

In between the crazy morning practices, the athletic trainers are also in the athletic training room to help previously hurt athletes come in to recover from their injuries. The athletic training staff help an estimated average of 60 student athletes who come into the room daily to recover and return playing for the Wildcats.