With fall sports now underway, WCS is once again teaming with Vanderbilt Bone and Joint to provide athletic trainers for each high school athletic program.
These trainers will assist with the daily operations of each and every team at the school and provide home game coverage for middle school football.
Meet the WCS Athletic Trainers for 2015:
- Brentwood High: Eric Owens
- Centennial High: Keely Burnham
- Fairview High: Jay Moore
- Franklin High: Alexis Boorde
- Independence High: Brandi Mangrum
- Page High: Leighanne M. Schlichte
- Ravenwood High: Seth Woodard
- Summit High: Meg Stockham
“Due to the demands of our athletic programs at the schools, we find it incredibly important to have athletic trainers in each of the Williamson County high schools,” said Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Manager Tim Hoskins. “Some campuses are more rigorous than others, but they all have their own needs on a day-to-day basis and we feel very blessed here at Vanderbilt to be Williamson County’s official sports medicine provider.”
Some of the high schools have been identified as clinical training sites for MTSU undergraduate students, giving them a firsthand look at working in the field of athletic training.
“This partnership allows MTSU students to learn from and shadow our seasoned athletic trainers working in the field,” said Hoskins. “Each student is under the direct supervision of the overseeing athletic trainer who has undergone additional training to be a clinical instructor. Their main purpose at the school is for learning, shadowing and observation of our professionals in the field.”
Each athletic trainer must have a bachelor’s degree and pass a national board exam, as well as state licensing boards. They are also required to maintain continuing educational credits as an ongoing development process.
To find out more information about the educational requirements of athletic trainers, please visit www.nata.org.
There is no doubt that athletic trainers benefit the coaches of each athletic team, but they also benefit parents, students and the schools as a whole.
“Athletic trainers are there to provide medical supervision of games, scrimmages, tournaments and day-to-day practices,” said Hoskins. “They not only see the daily bumps and bruises, but they are also there for those emergency situations as well. We view athletic events just like you would if taking your child to the pool. You wouldn’t drop you child off at the pool without a lifeguard. The same goes for our athletic events. There needs to be an athletic trainer available to provide care, and we are proud to have this affiliation with Williamson County Schools and Vanderbilt.”