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January 29, 2013

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Martin arguably was seated where she was because of the influence of a trainer from the High School of Science and Technology in Springfield, where she went to school and played on a number of athletic teams.

“I played several things when I was younger, and the athletic trainer at my high school, I adored him,” Martin said. “I thought it was great and I loved the job. In college I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that or physical therapy. Someone told me to shadow someone in one of the fields, so I shadowed him and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’”

Martin worked as a trainer for several years at Methuen High School, but went back to school for a nursing degree. She now works as a critical care nurse at Lowell General Hospital, but helps as athletic trainer in Methuen when needed. “I can’t give it up. It’s one of my passions,” she said. “I love being on the sideline, and the energy the kids have is awesome.”

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