Editor's note: You see them at school athletic events or practices. They are fixtures on the sideline — until they spring into action when needed on the field, court, diamond, mat, floor, track, course, slope, ice or poolside. They are the ones who help keep young student-athletes in the game. They are there to comfort, treat and support youngsters, from any school, who have sustained an injury, no matter how insignificant. They are fans of their school teams and student-athletes. They are extensively trained, eager and ready to administer sports medicine when needed — to lend a personal touch. They are the calm and reasoned when emotions and fear are high. This is one of a five-story series that takes a closer look at Midcoast school athletic trainers, the unsung, mostly behind-the-scenes, heroes — until they are called into action during a child's more traumatic, painful experience.

Here is a closer look at one of them:

Name: Lynsey Carr.

Age: 27.

Years as athletic trainer?: Fall sports will start my fifth year.

Years at current school(s)?: Five at Medomak.

Your family (significant other, children)?: Boyfriend: Brandon Metten. We have two dogs, Rondo: boxer/husky/pitbull mix, and Anora: husky.

Town or city you live in?: Augusta.

High school and college/what school sports or activities did you do, year graduated, what studied in college?: High school: Piscataquis Community, graduated in 2011. College: University of New England, graduated in 2016, studied athletic training.

Why and how did you get in this field?: I originally wanted to go to physical therapy school, and I thought that athletic training would be a good stepping stone into that field. I didn't have an athletic trainer when I was in high school, but I played enough sports and went to enough camps to be around them and learn what athletic trainers do to get an interest in it. PT school ended up not being what I really wanted to do, and I ended up really enjoying athletic training instead.

What is your role, responsibilities and how far does your authority go (are you the one who decides who can play and who cannot play if in-game injury protocol)?: All injuries from any sport go through me. I look at anyone who thinks they might have something going on, no matter how major or minor, and it's my job to analyze the situation (from what I can see and what the athletes tell me) what issues might be going on, if they can continue participating, if they need to sit out, if they just need to go lighter, whatever the situation calls for. If an athlete gets sent to the doctor for further treatment, that's when it becomes the doctor's final say in what the restrictions are and when someone can return to play.

Best and worst aspects of your jobs?: Best: being able to work with teams and see them develop and grow as athletes and as a team. I have a love of sports in general, and I love being able to watch a variety of them on a regular basis. Worst things are when athletes have a season-ending injury. Having to explain to them that they aren't going to be able to finish the season (especially if they're seniors) can be really tough. Having to tell an athlete they can't participate because of an injury not healing very quickly or correctly (whatever the reason may be) can be difficult also, especially with very dedicated athletes. they don't always understand that even though something might feel a lot better, it doesn't mean you are ready to go back to 100 percent participation and effort.

Most rewarding aspect of dealing with young athletes?: Having a good connection with them, gaining their trust, and knowing that if they have anything going on, they feel comfortable enough to come talk to me and ask for help. Asking for help or admitting something is wrong isn't always easy, so it makes me feel good that they know I'm there to help.

Do you feel like you are part of the school teams, like a coach or mentor, or just a person with the team doing a specific job?: Honestly, it depends on the team/season. There are definitely teams that I work with more or closer to than others, which automatically makes you feel more connected. but the teams that have to practice or play offsite of the school campus, or sports that are less prone for injury, I don't seem them much, so I don't feel as close.

Hobbies, passions, other things you do that tell people more about you?: I really love the outdoors, family, and my dogs. I don't have kids, so right now my dogs are my kids. They love the stay-at-home order right now because they very rarely have to be home alone. I love flowers, everything about them, and all of them.

You watch a lot of school sports, which are your favorite?: I love hockey. Go Bruins. But I also really get into football (when I'm on the sidelines anyways) and basketball was favorite sport to play as kid, so there's always a special place in the sports section of my heart for basketball. I've also always loved competition cheering. For the people out there that make fun of cheering and say its not a real sport and what not, they are very mistaken. To do it correctly and successfully, cheering takes a lot of work and practice. To lift, throw, and catch people, flipping through the air, and all the strength and flexibility it takes for tumbling, cheering is no joke. Cheerleaders, especially the good ones, are extremely athletic.

Do you have a favorite moment watching school sports, a personal or team achievement that makes you proud and happy?: I remember two events from my high school sports career. I remember the first high school soccer goal I ever scored, and I remember making a deep buzzer-beater at halftime from the right side of the court, about half way between the top of the 3-point line and halfcourt.

You obviously become fans of your school's teams, but your job is to focus on helping all athletes, correct? Do you become vested in the athletes and teams?: I feel like most athletic trainers probably do with all teams to a certain degree, but me personally, I get very vested in my teams. I really do love my job, and I love all my teams and athletes. Especially once playoffs come, there's no bigger fan than me. I always think it's kind of funny. I had a lot of school spirit in high school, and my colors were blue and gold. Now I work at a school who has the same colors. So I'll bleed blue and gold forever.

You are on site to be athletic trainer first, but I see so many of you do anything to help schools, programs. What are some of the "extra things" you do to help out not in your job description?: I personally don't do a lot of extra stuff. Not because I don't want to, I just don't always hear about things on time, or I live too far away since I commute from Augusta.

How are you personally dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and not being able to work with athletes and schools?: I have a second job at Hannaford, so I've been working plenty of hours there through this to keep me busy. I miss being at school though. I miss being outside and driving the Kubota around from practice to practice on nice days. I really enjoy spring season sports just because it's so nice to be outside so much after being couped up in the gym all winter long. We have work-related things to be doing at home during all this, but I'm not a fan of having to sit behind a computer all day and work that way. I would much rather be doing my job outside and at school instead of behind a computer in my house.

Do you have other jobs or use your medical/athletic training in other ways?: I work at Hannaford as well as being an athletic trainer. I've always been very busy in the sense that I've always had two jobs, or like when I was in college I had classes, clinicals, and work. I do it because I need the money for bills, but it also keeps me busy and I'm used to it.

Can you tell me anything else about you personally, what makes you tick?: I'm not super big into any one thing. I like to lots of different things. I'm very social. I really like raspberries. Some day I want to build my own house. My sister and I have the same birthday, but five years apart.

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