New AT proves her worth very quickly

12 Oct

Joe Chandler of the Gazette Virginian highlights the work of athletic trainer Leslie Hodge at Halifax County HS.   He has some very good things to say of her work:

Some people consider an athletic trainer a luxury item when it comes to a high school sports program. However, when one considers the number of student-athletes that participate in sports, an athletic trainer is more of a necessity than a luxury. Continue reading

News – Athletic Trainers are a need and a neccesity

4 Oct

There is not much I need to add to this article out of Illinois.  Read it for yourself and enjoy!

Here are some notable quotes from the article though to think about:

  • “When you look at needs and wants, you have to look at athletic trainers in high school situations as a need and a necessity,” Sarver said. “There are items that you can cut back on, but you never want to put doubt in front of our student-athletes’ health and well-being.”
  • “They are a huge, huge asset to your programs and to the school,” said Tom McGunnigal, St. Bede’s athletic director and long-time girls basketball coach.
  • Athletic trainers are something that makes the lives of coaches and administrations that much easier.
  • With an athletic trainer at most every high school event, coaches no longer have to worry when a player goes down.
  • “Coaches don’t need to be diagnosing. They need to be coaching,” said Todd Hopkins, the Ottawa Marquette athletic director, as well as girls basketball and baseball coach. “(Our trainer) knows what to do. Especially with the new concussion rules, if someone gets dinged or something, she knows what she is doing.”
  • “In today’s society, it’s very important that schools have a trainer on-site,” said Ottawa athletic director and girls basketball coach Mike Cooper. “As many activities as we have here at Ottawa High School and the number of injuries that we have, the ability to handle those injuries in-house in a quick and timely fashion means that we can avoid a lot of potential problems down the road.”
  • “Kids can go see them first and then they can give a recommendation,” Cooper said. “If our trainers can deal with it right here at the school, they could save a lot of money (for families) than if you go straight to a doctor or to a specialist.”
  • “That’s the best of both worlds,” Sarver said. “We get them evaluated and treated as quickly as possible when they are on the field or on the court or on the diamond or on the mat, but then when they come back from that injury, our trainers are the ones helping them with the rehab. They bring our student-athletes back at a fast rate because they are working with them on a daily basis.”
Some great quotes there to prove your worth to the high school.

News – MTSU’s AT Robbie Stewart nominated for Courage Award!

29 Sep

Middle Tennessee State University’s athletic trainer Robbie Stewart and football player Shane Blissard  have been nominated for the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl FWAA Courage Award!

Stewart and his staff helped save Blissard from a life-threatening injury during spring practice, and Blissard returned to the field this season. Blissard suffered a ruptured spleen, bruised kidney, a broken rib and a pneumothorax.  Due to Stewart’s diligent monitoring of Blissard and quick recognition of the seriousness of the injury, Blissard has made a full recovery and is playing football again.

Congratulations Robbie on a job well done!


News – Athletic Trainer Kevin Guskiewicz Receives MacAurthur Grant!

22 Sep

Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, has been awarded the prestigious MacAurthur Foundation Grant for his ongoing research on concussions.  The “Genius Grant” of $500,000 will help fund his research for the next 5 years.  Kevin has helped to write the Position Statement on Concussions for the NATA and the ACSM.  He also has performed research on NFL players and the correlation between concussions and early cognitive changes.

Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Review Online sums his work up nicely: Continue reading

Follow Up – Why ATs are needed

20 Sep

On August 31, 2011, I wrote this blog entry highlighting an unfortunate situation in Nokesville, VA.  In the entry I wrote:

The sad realization is this, that if a experienced athletic trainer was managing this football player’s concussion I firmly believe this young man would be alive today.  If the parents were instructed about cocoon therapy properly, then this young man may be a freshman in college today.  But, only 42% of this countries high schools provide an AT for their athletes!  We need to change this or there will be more sad stories, more grieving parents, more schools who will lose a bright student and a vibrant member of their community.

My blog entry was missing some major information – there was an athletic trainer present at the game.  Several AT who know the inside story not revealed in the original article highlighted in my post, informed me of this important fact. Continue reading

A Sense of Community

13 Sep

On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, the area of PA where I live was deluged with the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  The timing of the storm couldn’t have been worse because just 10 days earlier, the outer bands of Hurricane Irene gave us 3-6″ of rain.  And from September 3-7 a low pressure system stalled over us giving us about 1-2 inches of rain every day.  So that meant that Lee’s 6-12″ of rain was falling on completely saturated soil.  There was simply no place for the water to go. Continue reading

News – Athletic Trainers Play Key Role in Friday Night Football

5 Sep

Alabama – Tom Smith, writer for the Times Daily, takes some time to highlight the unnoticed workhorses in thousands of high schools across the country – the athletic trainer.  The article takes the unique view point of several coaches who have gone without the services of an AT and now work for schools who provide the services of an athletic trainer.

Colbert Heights football coach Ivan Denton said he would hate to go back to the days when his coaching staff was responsible for the duties of an athletic trainer.

“I can remember what it was like before we had a trainer to do the taping and evaluating injuries,” Denton said. “Years ago I did it, and I could do it again. I just hope I don’t have to anymore.”
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Your eyes don’t deceive you –

5 Sep

I have revamped the blog with a new layout and a new logo.  I liked the old layout, but it was time for a change.   I hope you like the change.



Why ATs Are Needed in High Schools

31 Aug

Nokesville, VA – The following story (linked below) maybe one of the saddest stories that I have read this year and it strengthens my resolve to be a better AT and hopefully prevent this from happening in my school.  As a parent of a daughter in high school, I can’t imagine the depth of pain these parents must feel in the seemingly preventable loss of their son.

Austin Trenum’s bed remains half-made, the way a typical teenager would leave it. On a shelf is his scarred black helmet, the one he was wearing when he tackled the quarterback near the sidelines during Brentsville High’s game against Handley some 11 months ago. Austin’s mouthpiece remains tucked neatly in the face mask, ready to be taken out for the next play.

For Austin, there was no next play. Continue reading

Athletic Trainers are “A Few Good Men”

29 Aug

A recent Facebook status update from a fellow Secondary School Athletic Trainer took aim at some frustration they had with dealing with coaches.  The status was inspired by the movie “A Few Good Men” and a classic rant by Jack Nicholson’s character Col. Jessup.  Here is the status:

I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep over wins and losses and you curse the ATC. Continue reading