When a high school athlete goes down with an injury, time stands still as players, coaches, parents and fans wait anxiously for a report. Now, thanks to a partnership between area high schools and the certified athletic trainers of the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute, everyone involved in high school sports can breathe a little easier when injuries occur.
MSMI athletic trainers go into the schools with the responsibility to prevent, recognize, treat and rehabilitate all sorts of athletic injuries. The goal is for every high school athlete to have access to a professional who is certified and trained to handle sports-related injuries.
The athletic trainers often serve as a resource for the school’s existing athletic training staff and help educate coaches, parents and administrators about treating common injuries. Following the highest return-to-play standards, they are dedicated to helping athletes get back on the court, field or track as quickly and safely as possible.
Sport-specific injury prevention programs are offered for athletes in secondary schools, educating them on the types of injuries commonly seen in their sport, identifying which injuries require a doctor’s attention and which do not and guiding them through exercises and stretches that can help prevent certain injuries from occurring.
MSMI athletic trainers conduct pre-season baseline concussion testing for athletes to assess the athletes’ balance and brain function, including memory skills, problem-solving abilities and ability to concentrate. And when an athlete of any age suffers a concussion, the institute applies state-of-the-art concussion assessment tools, such as the widely used ImPACT® system and a newly developed system by C3 Logix to better understand the effects of the concussion.
Certified athletic trainers from the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute currently work in Huntington High School, Spring Valley High School, Wayne High School, St. Joseph Central Catholic High School and Lincoln County High School. Their experience and expertise keep schools ahead of state regulations, which only require a trainer to be on the sidelines at football practices and games.