Commissioners recognize the role of athletic trainers in prevention and care of school, college sports injuries.
Athletic Trainers Adam Simon, Central Wyoming College, and Paige Nolan, Lander Valley High School, told the county commissioners Tuesday morning that “athletic trainers have a long history of providing quality health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity. “We’re the first person to see an injured athlete,” Simon said. He noted that there are three certified athletic trainers at schools in the county, at the college, at Riverton High and at Lander Valley High. “Not all of the schools in the county have one. We now have to go through a Masters program, it’s much more than taping ankles.”
The two said they are contracted to their school by Fremont Therapy Group and that each trainer typically spends over 300 hours through the year at their respective school, including weekends.
Nolan said trainers typically work with athletes for the prevention of injuries, evaluate treatment and rehabilitation, provide education and guidance and coordinate with other health care officials on a particular athlete’s need. “We also provide compassionate care for all,” she said.
The two said they sought the proclamation to increase public awareness of the importance of the athletic training profession and to promote athletic trainers as health care professionals.
The commissioners approved a proclamation for National Athletic Training Month, which is March.