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California High School Adds Full Time Athletic Trainer

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Article reposted from The Tribune
Author: JOHN FITZRANDOLPH

Coast Union’s sports programs have not had a full-time, on-site athletic trainer for a number of years.

Qualified, competent trainers have filled in at the high school on a part-time basis from time to time, but the uncertainty surrounding the situation is no longer a problem with the hiring this month of Megan Swanlund.

Interviewed in her trainer’s room at the school Monday, Aug. 14, Swanlund, a full-time, experienced athletic trainer, said she always knew she wanted to have a career in some aspect in support of athletics. As she was preparing to enter her freshman year at Cal State Long Beach, she read a course description in the school’s bookstore that was “exactly what I wanted to do” — that is, major in kinesiology with a goal of becoming an athletic trainer.”

After receiving her bachelor’s degree at Long Beach State, Swanlund earned a master’s degree in kinesiology and sports administration at Fresno State.

Swanlund served as athletic director at Mission Prep in San Luis Obispo from 2011 to 2015, then decided to start a family and moved to the Fresno area where her husband took a job and Swanlund was a stay-at-home mom.

But now that she’s on board full time — “I always knew that Coast Union had been looking for an athletic trainer off and on” — her husband is a stay-at-home dad taking care of their 2-year-old son so she can tend to the needs of Bronco student athletes.

Asked how it feels to have the job she really wanted, Swanlund said, “It’s good. I hope people realize that what they see now will not be the same four years from now. It takes awhile to build a program,” which means working in a training room that she would “ultimately like it to be.”

I ALWAYS KNEW THAT COAST UNION HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR AN ATHLETIC TRAINER OFF AND ON.

Megan Swanlund, new Coast Union athletic trainer

She plans in time to acquire equipment and technologies that would allow her to do rehabilitation on campus. Currently the room she works in is rather Spartan, with only basic first aid supplies on hand. (In fact, when the ice machine kicked in during the interview, it was ear-splitting. The interview continued outside, and Swanlund noted that a new pump has been ordered for the ice machine.)

One of Swanlund’s immediate goals is to establish strong relationships with the student athletes, with their parents, and with physicians and other health-related professionals in the community.

When a player asks her what to eat before a game, she suggests, “a well-balanced meal, including carbs, hydrates, proteins, starch and vegetables.”

As to pregame preparation, she only tapes ankles for those athletes who are injured. If a player really wants his or her ankles taped, she recommends the student purchase an ankle brace. “Those will stay tighter longer than tape,” she explained. And moreover, she doesn’t have enough time or enough tape “to tape everybody, including the volleyball team.”

The interview ended with Swanlund emphasizing two things: First, she would like to have students who are not on teams volunteer in assisting her and learning what a trainer does; and, second, she sees how important it is to have good relationships with parents.

“The student athletes are minors, so from a professional standpoint, you need to communicate with parents. They know their kids best.”

 

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Illinois Athletic Trainer Resigns as District Selects New Provider

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Article reposted from The Times
Author: David Giuliani

Streator High School’s athletic trainer said Wednesday she would resign her position because the school chose OSF HealthCare to provide athletic training services.

In an interview, Brittany Delaney, who has served as the school’s trainer for a dozen years, said the district’s school board was unfair by picking OSF to provide services.

Earlier this year, Delaney applied for a grant from the NFL Foundation for athletic training services for the school. The district received $35,000, 60 percent of which was to go for a trainer’s stipend for the next three years.

Delaney said she hoped Results in Streator would have won the bidding process. This is where she works full time. Her job as the school’s trainer is part time, with a $3,500 salary.

She and district officials agreed she works far more hours than what she is paid for. She said she works at home games for all sports and both home and away games for the football team.

She said she wanted the NFL grant to help the district pay her for all the work she does. The union contract limits her pay to $3,500.

“I thought this grant was my wish come true,” said Delaney, a Streator High graduate. “I thought it would allow me to be there full time.”

The grant involves football, but Seaton said the foundation has indicated it may be able to expand beyond that sport.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, member Willy Williamson noted Delaney works many hours.

“Brittany has burned the candle at both ends,” Williamson said.  “Don’t burn yourself at both ends.”

“It’s too late for that,” a tearful Delaney replied.

In Wednesday’s interview, she said she hadn’t expected OSF to be picked.

“It was absolutely not a fair process,” she said. “I hoped the school would stay with Results. I bring my athletes to Results. The school wouldn’t have known about this grant without me.”

At the meeting, officials mentioned that OSF was picked, in part, because of its ready access to doctors. Delaney acknowledged that point.

“I understand that OSF has means to doctors that I don’t, but I have personal relationships with physicians. I get my athletes seen by doctors right away,” she said.

After three years, the district may get no other grants from the NFL Foundation. At that point, Delaney said she would consider returning to the school.

“Twelve years is a long time. I’m very upset that this is the end,” she said.

Superintendent Matt Seaton said the district closely followed the law in bidding out the contract. He said the school has a fully equipped athletic training room.

“If she has chosen to use Results, that was her choice,” he said.

Seaton, who hadn’t received Delaney’s resignation when he was contacted Wednesday morning, said the district would refill the position.

He said he was disappointed to hear Delaney was leaving.

“She has done a fantastic job and we hate to lose her,” he said.

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Don’t take athletic trainers for granted

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Article reposted from Picayune Item
Author: Taylor Welsh

I’ve given athletic trainers many headaches over my sports career on the field and court.

I am what the hospital industry calls a “frequent flyer,” something no mother ever wants their kid to be if they play sports. And no, having an emergency room named after you because of how often you were there should not be a goal of yours.

But it’s the reality some athletes face, those that go all out on every play like I did during my football, soccer, basketball, track and baseball days. Many people have told me I am cursed with injury proneness.

A curse? I’d say I am lucky.

I had many major injuries, but those experiences helped me get through the minor injuries; they helped me gauge my pain tolerance and learn if I can play through an injury or not.

This year, two schools hired athletic trainers to manage the sidelines and help kids with their injuries and diagnose any ailments.

I received care from a student trainer, someone just as old as I was. He wrapped ankles up before every game, using techniques he learned from a textbook he read hours before heading to practice.

I never had the luxury of having a professional trainer tell me how to prevent injuries, instead the student trainer told me how to recover from them. I would never trade my high school athletic career for anything, and I wouldn’t have done it any differently, despite being on crutches each of my middle and high school years.

Rough? You bet it was, but I have to admit, I had a blast going all out for every play, putting everything I got into every second. I hung up my cleats with no regrets. I’ve seen the finish line, and though I suffered a couple of torn ligaments, broken bones and scars, those all serve as memories now.

Having these trainers on the sidelines is going to serve miraculous benefits for these athletes and I can only hope it helps them advance to the next level, injury-free.

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Yuma Arizona has most experienced group of athletic trainers in District history

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Article reposted from KYMA.com
Author: Crystal Bedoya

In Yuma Union High School District history, school athletic programs now have the most experienced group of athletic trainers to date.

Kofa High School’s Kathy Hoover and Gila Ridge High School’s Jamie Behr have the longest tenures with the District among its trainers, while Yuma High School’s Kayla Fields, San Luis High School’s Jayson Nielsen, and Cibola High School’s Johannah Elliott have been brought in over the past three years.

“It’s the first time in a really long time that we haven’t had brand newbies in those positions,” said Hoover, who is in her 13th year at Kofa. “So, it’s a real advantage for us in being proactive and in (the) prevention of emergency situations. The experience level of that particular individual really, really matters.”

Led by Hoover and Behr, four out of the five schools have trainers who have been in the business for at least eight years. As required by the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) all of the trainers are licensed, medical professionals.

Such experience is even more important in a state like Arizona, where the average year-round temperature is among the nation’s top 10 hottest.

The trainers use guidelines from the Korey Stringer Institute to ensure student-athletes on each campus remain hydrated, acclimatized, and safe during competition and practice.

Each campus has an established framework for daily activity levels based on Wet Bulb Global Temperature readings that measure heat, humidity, wind speed, sun angle, and other factors.

“We are trained to design programs to help athletes reach their performance goals,” Hoover said. “However, that’s one piece of our scope of practice. The other piece includes emergency management, recognition of injuries and proper evaluation and diagnosis, rehabilitation. We are a field that incorporates a lot of skill sets, while other fields just specifically focus on one. The end goal is to be a healthcare resource to public schools and provide an in-between to reduce health care costs for families.”

The most significant role of the trainers’ daily work is serving as a healthcare resource.

Trainers can evaluate injuries and provide treatment and rehabilitation services at their respected campuses with no out-of-pocket cost to student-athletes or their families.

“I can do it in school,” Fields said of providing treatment. “They don’t have to make an appointment and spend an hour in a [personal training] clinic. I can do it here after school.”

The experience is also more personalized because in many cases the trainers know the athletes on their campuses better than the physicians they would see off-campus.

“Having that sort of adviser at a school site is really a cost-saving measure for families and the general public,” said Hoover, who was named one of Arizona’s top 10 educators in 2016 by the Arizona Education Foundation.

In addition to their work with student-athletes, all five trainers are teaching Sports Medicine classes at their respective campuses as part of the Career and Technology Education (CTE) program. According to Fields, a typical daily schedule would include lesson planning, teaching two periods, arriving at the training room for rehab work and paperwork, prepping hydration stations for practices, monitoring athletes, treating any injuries, and breaking down equipment and stations afterward.

“The training staff is the best I’ve been around,” Associate Superintendent Lisa Anderson said. “Not only are they out there managing the medical side of their athletic programs, but they are in the classroom spreading their vast knowledge to our students. We are very fortunate to have such a qualified, outstanding group of trainers across our campuses.”

The trainers meet regularly, communicate through group messages, share resources in an online learning environment, and work together in preparation for game-day coverage.

“It means that our athletes are getting the best care that we can provide them,” Fields said. “And we are working together to do it.”

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Athletic trainers are first line of defense in heat-related illness for athletes

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Article reposted from the hub
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As Dallas ISD football programs welcome their student-athletes back onto the field, the district’s coaches and athletic training staff are working together to ensure student-athlete safety is a priority during the often  soaring summer temperatures.

Heat illness is the leading cause of preventable illness in high school athletics. And high-intensity outdoor sports during the summer months poses the greatest risk for these heat-related issues.

The Dallas ISD Athletics department has placed licensed athletic trainers (LAT) at each of the district’s comprehensive high schools to monitor the health and safety of the district’s estimated 10,000 student-athletes. A $3 million proposal approved by the district’s Board of Trustees in 2013 funded the athletic trainers.

The LATs have the ability to add water breaks at practices, call off practices due to extreme conditions, or recommend lighter practice gear during a workout session. In addition, the University Interscholastic League and the National Federation of State High School Associations have disallowed practices to take place between noon and 6 p.m. during the first two weeks of the high school football training season.

In addition, LATs and coaches are educated on signs and symptoms of heat-related illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

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New Jersey ranks among safest in nation for high school athletes

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Article reposted from Mycentralnewjersey.com
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The New Jersey Scholastic Athletic Association is among the best in the country in the area of managing injury risk to high school student-athletes, according to the Korey Stringer Institute’s national ranking of statewide athletic associations.

The NJSIAA, which has long been a leader in implementing and adopting safety protocols, ranked fourth out of 51 statewide athletic associations, according to the institute’s Health and Safety Policy Ranking for High School Athletics, which was released during a press conference at the NFL’s headquarters in New York City last week.

North Carolina, whose state university runs the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, was found to have had the most comprehensive health and safety polices in place for secondary school athletics. Kentucky, Massachusetts and New Jersey followed.

NJSIAA officials, who have yet to issue a press release regarding their national ranking, may be reluctant to do so after National Federation of State High School Associations Executive Director Bob Gardner rebuked the institute’s report in defense of NFHS members who scored poorly.

Gardner alleged the institute’s assessment provided “an incomplete measurement of the efforts employed by states to assist their member schools with heat, heart and head issues” and claimed the rankings are “based on a limited number of criteria.”

A MyCentralJersey.com analysis of the NJSIAA’s policies as graded by the institute appear to corroborate the national ranking of the NJSIAA, which has long been regarded as a model for other statewide athletic associations.

Established at the University of Connecticut following the death from exertional heat stroke in August 2011 of former Minnesota Vikings football star Korey Stringer, the institute’s mission is to provide research, education, advocacy and consultation to maximize performance, optimize safety and prevent sudden death for athletes and others.

Gardner said NFHS members have “been promoting risk-minimization precautions in their schools’ athletic programs for many more years than the seven-year existence of the (institute)” and questioned why the institute “has proclaimed itself as judge and jury of heat-illness prevention and other safety issues.”

According to the institute, 735 secondary student-athletes died and another 626 suffered catastrophic injuries nationwide from 1982 to 2015 as a result of direct (athlete-to-athlete or athlete-to-object) and indirect (exertional heat stroke, sudden cardiac arrest, asthma) causes. The leading causes of death were sudden cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries and exertional heat stroke.

The institute used a rubric to asses each statewide athletic association in five equally weighted areas including sudden cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, exertional heat stroke, appropriate medical coverage and emergency preparedness.

Current evidence-based best practices from the Interassociation Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics published in the Journal of Athletic Training in 2013 were used to create the rubric.

The NJSIAA received a perfect score on the sudden cardiac arrest section and a perfect score on the heat acclimatization portion of the external heat stroke section.

With 90 percent of its member schools having a certified athletics trainer on site, the NJSIAA scored well in the appropriate medical coverage section.

In the area of emergency preparedness, the NJSIAA received a high score for member schools’ emergency action plans and for the CPR/AED and first aid training coaches receive.

Despite the state legislature intervening in the area of concussion, the NJSIAA received just six of 20 points in the traumatic head injuries section, losing 10 points because coaches do not require certification in Heads Up Football training, a player safety program USA Football developed five years ago.

The NJSIAA would have fared better in the exertional heat stroke section had it predicted its policy regarding heat-related illness on the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) monitor, which experts believe is a better gauge than the heat index in determining potentially hazardous environmental conditions for exercise.

State Sen. Patrick J. Diegnan said earlier this month that he will introduce legislation mandating that all school districts purchase and utilize a WBGT monitor.

Diegnan has been a longtime supporter of student-athlete safety. He sponsored and authored legislation regarding the NJSIAA’s current concussion policy and the New Jersey State Department of Education’s current policy on sudden cardiac arrest in student-athletes.

The NJSIAA’s steroid testing policy – the first of its kind nationally and one that was implemented a decade ago – was not factored into the institute’s assessment of the statewide athletic association.

“Certainly, there is room for improvement, and the American educational system will continue to be resource-challenged,” Gardner said regarding the institute’s rankings. “Providing more research data, as well as funds to enact more prevention programs, would be much more useful than giving grades to these associations.

“Schools will need more funding, more defibrillators, more athletic trainers and more constructive legislation. With the assistance of everyone who cares about young athletes, including [the Korey Stringer Institute], we can keep getting better.”

The institute believes preparing for an emergency should be the top priority for schools to ensure the safety of their athletes. Through the implementation of required policies and procedures, schools can be well prepared in the unfortunate event of a catastrophic injury.

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Wisconsin Athletic Trainer Stephen Butler ‘committed to the youth’

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Article reposted from ehextra.com
Author: Stephen Oman

A commitment to the youth of the community has made Derek Butler much more than an athletic trainer in Menominee.

Butler has been the athletic trainer at Maroon sporting events since 2002, and he currently serves as the Athletic Training program manager for Bay Area Medical Center (BAMC). He leads three other athletic trainers who cover Marinette, Stephenson and Crivitz athletics for BAMC.

His job is much more than going to Maroon games though. He also co-leads the orthopedic services line at BAMC and covers a bevy of youth events and tournaments.

One of the trainers who works for Butler, Mike Shampo, said he owes a lot of his career to his boss.

Butler was his trainer when Shampo was in high school at Stephenson, and when Shampo was an intern for BAMC, Butler gave him the motivation to make athletic training a career.

“I was an okay student, but he’s who really got me to bear down and make this happen,” Shampo said. “I’ve modeled my career after him.”

Shampo has been Marinette’s designated trainer for six years now.

Butler’s not from the area, but after 15 years in Menominee, he might as well be.

He grew up in Elk River, Minn. and graduated from Winona State University. Menominee is a similar size community to Elk River when Butler grew up there, so the area feels comfortable.

Butler has made the area home with his wife of 10 years, Deb, and kids Darrent, 9, and Daly, 5, and their dog Dax. When he gets time away from work he restores old cars and participates in the Interstate Car Club.

“It’s a very unique city in my opinion, because everybody is your neighbor,” Butler said. “I’ve been here long enough now that a lot of people believe I’m from here. I think that’s a good thing. I try to treat everyone I interact with like they’re a part of my family.”

Butler has been working with Menominee’s current athletic director, Jamie Schomer, and football coach Joe Noha since he began covering the Maroons in 2002.

“Derek is not just the athletic trainer, he’s a friend,” Noha said, “and he’s a major piece of our operation as coaches. He’s obviously a great trainer, but he has other skill sets too. He’s great at building relationships with the kids.”

Butler said that is as much a part of his job as treating injuries.

“It’s not part of the job description, but I think in our society, the more you invest in young people, the more you get out of them as adults,” he said. “The one thing I really try to do is give individual attention to every student. Not just with injuries, sometimes they just have a bad day. It’s like anybody else, they just want to be listened to.”

Noha and Shampo both said Butler makes himself available at all hours for anyone who needs him.

“When he says ‘call me if you need anything,’ he means it,” Noha said. “He’s reliable, honorable and has integrity.”

Trainer’s jobs can be difficult because of pressures from players and parents to play, and Butler said walking that line can be tough.

“The greatest challenge within my job is the disassociation between the scoreboard and what’s important, which is the health and safety of the young person,” he said. “How I approach it is, if I cannot quantify to the parent or the athlete why they shouldn’t play, they probably should be playing.

“Working with the staff here as long as I have, you build credibility with every interaction. What it all comes down to is trust. Does the student trust me, does the parent trust me and does the coach trust me?”

Butler has also helped the community by spearheading affordable sports physicals for athletes at Menominee.

“We have volunteered doctors, nurses, physical therapists, physical trainers. We ask for a $20 donation, and we give 100 percent back to the school,” Butler said. “For kids who don’t have insurance or can’t afford (a physical), it gives them the opportunity to have a cost-effective sports physical, and on the back end we’re trying to support the schools as best we can.”

He also runs a program where BAMC trainers work with emergency responders to prepare for situations at games.

“That has been really important for us,” Shampo said, “and Derek has been ahead of the curve with a lot of those procedures.”

Butler coaches Darrent and volunteers in other ways for the Menominee Hoops Club as well.

“It’s great to get to be a dad and be associated with that,” he said.

The Hoops Club is only in its third year officially, so it works with varsity coaches to build fundamentals at an early age. Butler coached the third-grade team last year and will handle fourth-grade duties this year.

“(Butler) volunteers a lot at the clinics along with the coaching,” Hoops Club President Tony Hofer said. “He leads drills, and he mans a lot of our open gyms.”

Hofer also has two daughters who participate in Maroon athletics, and he said having a trainer like Butler around gives parents peace of mind.

“It’s really nice to have that kind of professional on site,” Hofer said. “As a coach and a parent, if one of my kids gets hurt we go to them first, and we know they’ll get good care.”

That care extends to youth athletes as well, with BAMC covering M&M youth hockey, soccer, baseball and softball.

“That doesn’t happen in a lot of places. My goal when I got here was to have a K-12 umbrella taking care of kids,” Butler said. “I’m fortunate to work at Bay Area Medical Center, because they invest in that.”

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North Carolina High School to Implement Eye in the Sky for Football Season

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Article reposted from Winston-Salem Journal
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“It’s basically just another set of eyes from a different vantage point, looking for any potential injuries. We’re just trying to prevent as many injuries from going unseen or unnoticed as possible.” Jonathan Reidy Atkins High head athletic trainer

“It’s basically just another set of eyes from a different vantage point, looking for any potential injuries. We’re just trying to prevent as many injuries from going unseen or unnoticed as possible.” Jonathan Reidy Atkins High head athletic trainer

This fall, football games at Atkins High School will feel much more like games held at both the NFL and college levels than they have in years past — at least when it comes to how on-field injuries are detected.

Led by the direction of head athletics trainer Jonathan Reidy and head football coach David Hamlin, the Camels will implement an injury spotter program this season, similar to the “Eyes in the Sky” program the NFL uses, that places people in the press box whose sole responsibility it is to spot player injures.

Unlike the customary high school tradition that places an athletics trainer and one additional physician on the sideline to observe and treat injuries, Atkins will have two supplementary people, including at least one athletics trainer, in the press box watching for injuries and concerning symptoms.

The two additional spotters, which will include Atkins assistant athletic trainer Eddie Stevens, will be in constant communication with Reidy and a physician from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, who will be at field-level, through hand-held radios.

If either Stevens or the other high-placed spotter sees a potential injury or anything resembling an injury-like symptom, they will be able to alert Reidy and the WFBMC physician, who will be responsible for pulling the player or players in question off the field for medical examination.

“It’s basically just another set of eyes from a different vantage point, looking for any potential injuries,” Reidy said. “When we have one provider on the sideline they are looking at everything from field level, and if your first player comes off and he needs to be looked at now you’re not watching the field.

“We’re just trying to prevent as many injuries from going unseen or unnoticed as possible. Obviously the big buzz is concussions, but it can be anything that maybe that person in the press box has a different vantage point and can see something that we aren’t able to see on the sidelines.”

While other Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools currently follow the standard operating procedure of having two on-field trainers and physicians, as well as coaches trained as first-responders, both Reidy and Hamlin eventually expect similar spotter programs to be a budding trend in the coming years.

Reidy, who also works with the Wake Forest sports medicine department, said he does know of at least one North Carolina high school in Henderson County that uses the “Eyes in the Sky” technique.

“It’s just like with coaching — the more eyes you can have from different perspectives the better you’re going to be,” Hamlin said. “Especially in this situation, when a lot is going on and there’s so much focus on winning, recognizing an injury could be a big difference for a kid who shouldn’t be out there.”

For now, Atkins will experiment with the spotter program at both JV and varsity home games before hopefully attending all games in years to come, depending on the program’s success this fall.

Other than needing the necessary full-time personnel, which is a leading reason many other schools have not already employed this additional practice and the reason Atkins will not have high-placed spotters at all of its games, Reidy said the program will cost Atkins less than $200.

The money will be spent on walkie-talkies and a pair of binoculars.

“This is an experiment and we obviously don’t have any objective data yet, but this first season will get us that,” Reidy said. “And if we can just prevent one kid from having a second-impact syndrome, then that one prevention from a catastrophic injury can really be life-changing.”

At the college level, the ACC implemented a similar non-bias medical spotting program this past season that was used for all games involving at least one conference team.

Jeremy Stevens, who works as an athletics trainer at the Cleveland Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., served as a press-box spotter for the ACC last year and said he is pleased to see the program start to trickle down from the NFL to college and now to high school.

The ACC used one spotter per game in 2016, although Jeremy Stevens expects that number to double this season, mimicking the system the NFL uses.

“This is extremely important, especially at the high school level where you still have brains that are still developing,” Jeremy Stevens said. “It’s been shown that a large number of athletes are having concussions and critical types of injuries that aren’t being reported. This really helps start to alleviate that problem.”

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Florida Schools Find Way to Pay for Athletic Trainers

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Article reposted from Chiefland Citizen
Author: Sean Arnold

Levy County schools will have athletic trainers from the University of Florida on their campuses for practices and games starting this year, and activity fees and a percentage of gate revenue will fund the program.

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Matt McLelland, SBLC director of administration

The district is implementing a $50 fee for students playing sports – including cheerleading – or participating in band, starting this month. The remainder of the funding will come from a portion of ticket revenue.

Matt McLelland, the new director of administration for the School Board of Levy County, reported at the budget meeting Monday that the district is looking at collecting $1 from every sports event ticket sold to help fund the athletic trainer program.

School Board member Brad Etheridge raised concerns about potential losses in revenue for the athletic programs as they’re required to share ticket revenue.

McLelland replied that schools can raise their ticket prices to offset costs, noting that when he was an administrator at Chiefland Middle High School it hadn’t raised ticket prices for at least six years. He also said schools from nearby counties often charge more than the $6 that’s charged at football games in Levy County. He said the revenue generated from ticket sales already fluctuates significantly depending on the number of home football games a school has.

“I understand, being (the former principal at CMHS) how it is, managing the money,” McLelland added. “But if a trainer can prevent one child who gets a concussion from dying, to me it’s worth it.

“We’re not taking that money and buying golf carts and stuff like that. It’s going directly to the trainer.”

McLelland said students who play multiple sports will only have to pay the fee one time, so they won’t experience an additional hardship.

The activity fee invoice states that, “a UF trainer will be on site to assist in medical situations and serve as a go-between for your student and UF orthopedics. The trainer can also diagnose many issues such as concussions, heat exhaustion and sprained or torn ligaments. Trainers will also assist with rehabilitation necessary due to an injury in sports, cheer or band.”

In response to questions on fees from School Board member Rick Turner, McLelland said he found in his research that $50 is still lower than what’s commonly charged at schools from neighboring counties, citing examples of several athletic programs charging around $200, and one football program even charging $600 per student, unless they secure a sponsor.

“When you look at our surrounding counties,” McLelland said, “this is a big savings compared to Alachua or Marion County and places like that. And we feel the amount of safety that’s going to be administered by the trainer, whether it’s concussions, heat exhaustion, those sorts of things, it’s hard to put a price on that.

“By having a professional that can do that and be a go-between with the UF Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, they’re going to save parents a lot of time by being able to diagnose issues and coordinate with the UF Orthopedics, versus mom going at midnight to the immediate care center trying to get an x-ray.”

The trainers will cost around $80,000 a year for the county. McLelland said he projects revenue from activity fees to be around $30,000 this year.

Schools will arrange times for the trainers to be on campus, and they’ll be available for practices as well as games.

SBLC chair Chris Cowart suggested the district make trainers available for ROTC members who are training outside.

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Michigan Athletic Trainers Prepare for Emergencies

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Article reposted from WZZM 13
Author: Phil Dawson

Athletes will soon start practicing for football, soccer and other fall sports at west Michigan schools. Athletic trainers and paramedics are also preparing.

“You got to stay up to date,” explains Northview High School athletic trainer Jesse Brinks. “Protocols are changing constantly.”

At a “Keeping Them On Their Game” training session hosted by Life EMS Ambulance doctors, trainers and medics were teaching and learning best ways to care for an injured players. As well as, new techniques in sports medicine and procedures to protect the athletes.

“This is truly cutting edge,” says Life EMS field supervisor Mark Stinton. “Even 5 years ago we did this a lot differently than we are doing now.”

“Fortunately, you don’t always get to use these in real life situations,” says Brinks. “You hope you never have to but we need to be able to act when that time comes.”

Practice for fall sports starts next week for many west Michigan high schools.