New addition to Paly athletic program

Claire Krugler, Author

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New athletic trainer Kimmy Mathews helps tape freshman Mayerly Short ankle before soccer practice.

New athletic trainer Kimmy Mathews tapes sophomore Mayerly Short’s ankle before tennis practice.

After the recent departure of athletic trainer Josh Goldstein on Sept. 26,  Kimmy Mathews is taking on the role as the new athletic trainer of Palo Alto High School.

A recent graduate of San Jose State University, Mathews has gained experience through the athletic program at San Jose State and through her work at a physical therapy clinic.

Mathews, who attended SJSU for athletic training, had the opportunity to go through a wide variety of sports medical rotations ranging from helping and working with high school athletics to assisting athletes in SJSU athletics program.

“In that program we do a bunch of different rotations,” Matthews said. “I was pretty much at all the sports at San Jose State including football, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball.”

Mathews also has experience at a physical therapy clinic, and was recently certified before coming to Paly.

“Since the high school rotation I’ve had in my program, I’ve loved being in a high school, and I was a high school athlete myself,  it’s something I’m comfortable with,” Mathews said.

On why she came to Paly, Mathews said, “It [Paly] seemed like a good place to work. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Paly.”

For student responses to former athletic trainer Josh Goldstein’s leave, click here.