When an athlete goes down on the playing field, the athletic trainer is the first responder to prevent or treat an injury; yet many high schools do not have access to athletic trainers today. With the increase of student athletic participation, the importance of proper on-site health care has never been greater. Immediate care can reduce the onset of injuries including concussion, heat illness and many other conditions.
As the 2013 fall high school sports season kicks off, West Liberty-Salem and Bellefontaine City Schools have partnered with Mary Rutan Hospital to provide athletic training services for their student-athletes. Mary Rutan Hospital will be the official sports medicine provider for both schools and will provide full time athletic training coverage for the school’s athletic programs as well as access to the hospital’s sports medicine, concussion clinic and comprehensive therapy services.
The trainer for BHS will be Addy Passaro and for WL-S Tray Sanderson.
Reduced operating budgets and limited resources at rural and small school districts nation-wide make it difficult for schools to fund athletic training service for their sports programs. Because local school administration and the Hospital have a clear understanding of the importance of trainer services being available for the safety of Logan County’s student athletes, they have come together to implement the program through a 50/50 cost sharing of salary and benefits for each trainer. Mary Rutan Foundation is providing the funding through a grant to each school district to assist in cost reduction for the schools.
Mary Rutan Hospital’s Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainers will provide game and practice coverage and are onsite to provide immediate attention when a student athlete is injured. The trainer will provide initial injury assessment and first aid, establish rehabilitation programs for injured athletes, apply protective taping and padding and counsel athletes in areas such as nutrition and conditioning. It is also the responsibility of the athletic trainer to determine if an injured athlete may continue to participate in their sport, and when they will be allowed to return to participation. This determination is done in conjunction with the parents, coaches and the athlete’s primary care physician. They will also provide guidance and assistance to coaches during preseason conditioning and throughout the season.
This is the first year Mary Rutan Hospital has offered Athletic Training Services. The service was designed based on community need and was kicked off with Bellefontaine and West Liberty-Salem Schools. The Hospital hopes to offer the service to all area high schools by next fall.
Benjamin Logan High School has provided an athletic trainer for their student athletes for several years in a staff member that has a shared role as educator and trainer.
For more information about Mary Rutan Hospital Sports Medicine Program and Athletic Training Services call 937-593-0822.