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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
Mendy Wyatt is the Athletic Trainer for Post Athletics. She has been with the athletic program since the 2019 school year. She also teaches courses to Post students including Sports Medicine, ‘Stop the Bleed’, and CPR.
Wyatt has been a licensed athletic trainer since 1991. She is from Abilene, Texas and she graduated high school from Abilene High. Wyatt has college degrees from McMurry University, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, and the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to Post, Wyatt had stints at South Plains College, Wichita Falls ISD, Covenant Hospital, and Lubbock Sports Medicine. Wyatt was the Chief of Operations for four years and the Outreach Services Director for seven years at Lubbock Sports Medicine before joining Post ISD.
Wyatt has been a part of seven National Championship teams across the college sports landscape and 11 State Championship teams across the Texas high school sports landscape, including Borden County. She has also seen many State Qualifier and State Finalist runs, including two State football appearances and a State track appearance from Post. Her favorite quote is, “Well behaved women rarely make history,” by Marlyn Monroe. Wyatt says the biggest influences in her life are her twin sons, Alex and Ryan, and her husband, Robert.
Since she has taken over the Post Athletic Training program, Wyatt has implemented many changes that have made positive impacts on the student athletes. One of the biggest aspects of athletics that Wyatt has highlighted is nutrition, which Wyatt believes helped play a big role in the two State Finalist runs for the Bold Gold football program.
“Some of the things I’ve done in the past with some of my former teams is work really hard on the nutrition aspect of what they do,” Wyatt said. “We do a program now during every halftime that includes a little bit of fats, some small amount of proteins and carbs, and as well as fluids. The (football) team felt like that really helped them become a second-half team. We have also pushed the hydration aspect hard. We always have fluids in the locker room 24/7.”
Wyatt’s successful nutrition program extends to all sports, and even if she can’t attend a game, she always sends a spread of food and her special concoction of a Gatorade-electrolyte mix for athletes to fuel up before the game and at halftime.
Wyatt’s days consist of more than simply treating athletes. She spends her weeks attending every sporting event she can, including all practices for each sport, teaching courses to students, and instructing her student trainers on how to treat and serve the athletes. She often shows up early in the mornings to treat athletes before school with whatever issue they have, and she stays late even after all practices end. Most times the training room at the Post ISD Fieldhouse looks like a scene out of an ER drama on television. But no matter the situation or how chaotic things seem, Wyatt is always ready for any obstacle that comes with taking care of hundreds of middle school and high school athletes. With an army of student trainers at her side, Wyatt plays an important role in serving the students and tending to the health, well-being, and safety of the athletes of Post.