Freshman Andres Bickford stumbles into the trainer’s office with an injured toe, and off rushes the schools new athletic trainer, Nicholas Perera, to assist him. “I truly love my job,” said Perera.
Nicholas Perera, known as “Mr.P” around MAST, is the school’s new athletic trainer. A Miami native and lifelong athlete, Perera is very excited to join MAST’s family. The 23-year-old is fresh out of Barry University, located here in Miami.
“I love athletics; I follow everything sports, and all Miami teams are my favorites,” Perera said.
MAST athletes will quickly become acquainted with Perera because of his obligation to attend every sporting event; although, he does not see it as a chore. As an athletic trainer, Perera treats any injuries involving Mako athletes. He is also present during P.E. classes to ensure the safety of the students. This is his second year as an athletic trainer, he previously worked at Miami Sunset Senior High.
“I’m so close in age to the students, that I want to be able to help them more than just medically. I hope they feel they can come talk to me about college and applications, since I was recently involved in that process,” Perera said.
Perera went to Dade Christian School where he was an active athlete in baseball and football. He was the varsity baseball team’s catcher and the safety for his varsity football team. Perera recalls their State Championship win as one of his fondest high school memories.
After high school, he had a “brief collegiate stint” in sports, eventually choosing to focus on his studies. His career choice was influenced by his love for “everything sports” and one of his college professors.
“Cliff Dees was one of my professors at Barry and an athletic trainer in Boca Raton; he led me to my career and was very influential,” Perera said.
The athletic staff has already taken note of Perera’s skill at his job. Coach Gaston Rubio has been sort of a mentor to Perera at MAST, mentioning how Perera is like a little brother to him.
“Having Nick as our trainer puts me at ease as a coach because I know that he will work his hardest to have all the athletes back on the field 100 percent. He’s always here to work with the kids, making sure they are always ready, willing, and able,” Rubio said.