BCHCC Provides Athletic Training Services To Area Schools

BCHCC Provides Athletic Training Services To Area Schools

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Football is one of the most popular sports amount youth athletes and it leads all other sports in the number of injuries sustained.  Concerns about concussions, head and neck injuries has brought nationwide attention to the safety of the sports.  The Nebraska State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NSATA) has organized a “Safety in Football Campaign” in order to promote increased safety in football in the State of Nebraska.  All across the state of Nebraska, athletic trainers are providing their clinical expertise every day in order to improve the overall health and safety of their athletes.  It is the goal of the “Safety in Football Campaign” to help each and every football team in Nebraska identify ways in which they can lessen the risks of injury and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football.  Aquinas Catholic High School, along with numerous colleges and high schools across the state, will have a small helmet sticker on the back of each player’s helmet at the Aquinas versus Scotus football game on August 24, 2019.  The sticker represents the cumulative efforts of these schools and the NSATA towards improving the overall safety of all sports in Nebraska and brings attention to the importance of athletic trainers for our school athletes.
 
Butler County Health Care Center entered into an agreement with Bryan Health and Lincoln Orthopaedic Center (LOC) to provide athletic training services to the area schools in 2011.  The athletic trainers are employed by Bryan Health and managed by LOC.  LOC also provides the expertise of Dr. Doug Tewes, who is licensed and accredited through ImPACT Concussion Testing to read concussion tests.  The costs associated with the athletic training service are incurred by Butler County Health Care.
 
The athletic trainer is an integrated part of the health care delivery team in the community, which also includes the family practice providers of Butler County Clinic, PC, Witter Family Medicine and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Bigelow and Chad Springer, PA-C both with LOC.  The trainer is there to ensure that the student athlete’s health needs are addressed in a manner that keeps his or her primary care provider, parents and coaches informed.  The athletic trainer is available for First Aide/ CPR, injury prevention, assessment and evaluation, taping, stretching and on-site rehabilitation.  Terry Adair, LAT, ATC, Certified Athletic Trainer is the athletic trainer that works the student athletes at both Aquinas High School and David City Public Schools.  “My goal is to help the athletes stay healthy and to help return the injured athlete back to competition as quick as I can in a sage manner,” explains Adair.  Coach Ron Mimick of Aquinas High School adds, “Having Terry on staff is a great assist to our coaches but more importantly to our student athletes.  We get immediate evaluation and quicker recovery and care.  The students themselves are more alert to possible injuries.  The athletic training services have been a great addition to the Aquinas Activities program.”
 
This cooperative athletic training program is different than most high school athletic training programs because an athletic trainer is at majority of sporting practices and at all home varsity sporting events.  “I am at each school when they dismiss for classes for the day for injury evaluation and pre-practice preparation (taping, stretching, rehab exercises, etc.),” explains Adair.  He adds, “I try to make an appearance at every practice for each school.  Every home varsity event is covered along with some JV events.”  There are times when both schools have home events on the same day.  Adair explains that for those nights he splits his time between each school.  “If there is an injury when I am at a different practice or game, the coaches or administrator will give me a call and I can be to the other site fairly quickly,” said Adair.  
 
The athletic training program includes ImPACT Concussion Testing.  Initial ImPACT Concussion Testing is completed on all the student athletes.  A student athlete will be retested after an injury or concussion symptoms occur.  The athletic trainers are able to perform ImPACT Concussion Testing and directly send the test to LOC to have the results determined. 
 
The athletic trainer is usually the first to assess the injury when a student athlete is injured.  Adair explains that he has immediate communication with the coaches and parents when this occurs.  “If the injury needs immediate medical attention or if the athlete will need to be seen by a physician, then I call the parents and inform them on the situation and help facilitate the best course of action.  If the athlete’s injury does not need further medical attention, I will call the parents or send a note home with the athlete.  I also have daily contact with the coaches about such cases,” says Adair.  Rhonda Gestring, Athletic Director of David City Public High School states, “The addition of a full time athletic trainer to our school has proven to be a valuable asset.  In the past, athletes would be injured and a lot of the times it was up to the discretion of the coach when the athlete could return to play.  With Terry on-site, the athlete can be treated, monitored and reevaluated before returning to play.  This has led to an actual decrease in the number of re-injuries.”