Terry Parker Sports Medicine Program
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers are licensed health care providers who are highly trained in the prevention and recognition of sports-related injuries. We are skilled in keeping kids safely competing whenever possible. However, we recognize when kids should be sidelined due to an injury and help them navigate the health care system to receive the care that is needed. We work together with our team physician and coaches in promoting a culture of safety in our school athletic programs. Most importantly, we are trained and ready to respond in the event of a dangerous injury or emergency situation.
Why are athletic trainers needed in the high school?
Athletic trainers are needed in high schools to provide leadership for sports safety. I educate kids, coaches, and parents on how to prevent sports-related injuries. I want all kids to be injury-free when playing sports; but I also know that sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, exertional sickling, and head injuries are the top 4 deadly risks of sports. I am trained and prepared to respond to a dangerous injury or emergency event, if one occurs.