News – Follow up to October 31

4 Nov

In late October I wrote this blog entry entitled “He is the injured athletes go to guy.”  The news article highlighted in the blog entry prompted this letter to the editor written by an AT in the county.

As one of the 20 full-time high school athletic trainers in Wake County, I appreciated Burgetta Eplin Wheeler’s Oct. 28 column getting the word out about what athletic trainers do and how we can save parents and Wake County time and money. It was good to see a positive story about people behind the scenes who help others.

With the increase of students participating in sports and the number of injuries on the rise (mainly concussions), the public needs to understand better what athletic trainers do.

On Aug. 14, 2009, Cary High School had a player collapse at the Wakefield football scrimmage. Two other athletic trainers, a doctor and I saved the player’s life on the field with the use of an AED. I see this player every now and then, and he is doing fine and set to graduate this spring from Cary High School, though he has been disqualified from football. I do not know how this situation would have turned out if an athletic trainer were not present.

Eric C. Hall

Athletic trainer, Cary High School

I want to commend Eric and taking the opportunity to promote the profession and further point out the value and skills of an athletic trainers.  Every athletic department in the country needs to provide the services of an athletic trainer to their athletes.


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