What Is An Athletic Trainer?
Certified Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who are experts in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines. Athletic training has been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an allied healthcare profession since 1990.
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
- Where Do We Work?
- Who Do We Work With?
- What Education Is Needed?
- How Do We Get Certified?
- What Are The Requirements In The State Of Washington?
Athletic trainers work under what is called a "sports medicine umbrella." This means that we work with any medical professional who could be involved in the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of an injured athlete. This can include physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurses, and paramedics, just to name a few.
To work as a Certified Athletic Trainer, you must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from an approved four-year university. College students are typically assigned to sports or rotations and perform certain duties that are supervised by an approved clinical instructor. Some classes taken to obtain a degree include human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, injury evaluation, and general medical conditions.(UPDATE…as of 2018 a Master's Degree will be required to become a certified Athletic Trainer).
After completing a four-year degree, students must take a computerized certification test to assure we have learned the requirements established by the Board of Certification (BOC). The exam consists of multiple choice and simulated scenario questions that a working athletic trainer would see in their day today activities. The topics for the exam are derived from the practice domains of athletic trainers including:
- Injury/illness prevention &wellness protection
- Clinical evaluation & diagnosis
- Immediate & emergency care
- Treatment & rehabilitation
- Organizational & professional health & well-being
Once an athletic trainer passes their certification exam, proving their knowledge and skills, they are granted the title of "ATC."
In 2009 the State of Washington passed a bill stating that athletic trainers must be licensed in order to perform athletic training duties. In order to be licensed, you must be certified by the Board of Certification and pass Department of Health standards. After paying a fee and undergoing a background check the Department of Health will issue an Athletic Trainer License.
- Team Physician
- Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers
- Forms and Protocols
- Visiting Teams
- Parent and Athlete Letter
- Athletic Medicine Club
Seeing A Medical Professional:
Whenever an athlete sees a medical professional outside of the school (MD, PA, ARNP, Chiropractor, Dentist, Orthodontist, etc) they must bring a note back to the Certified Athletic Trainer with the following information:
Date of visit Diagnosis Plan of treatment Clearance to return to play date Printed name of provider Signed name of provider
The Physician's Medical Report includes that information and will be given to the athlete prior to going to the medical professional if they are told in advance. If not, you may take a blank copy to the medical professional so all information is included.
Zackery Lystedt Law - House Bill 1824
Any athlete who reports concussion symptoms related to any injury or force to their head will be removed from play. "When in doubt, sit them out."
Athletes removed from participation must have medical clearance to return to playing their sport. Medical clearance can come from a doctor and return to play will be done through the SKHS Certified Athletic Trainers. If your son or daughter has a head injury: please see Chris Hiatt or Jeff Spaulding.
We currently use ImPACT to baseline reaction speeds of athletes in football, soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball, fast pitch, pole vaulters, and cheerleaders. When an athlete is injured, we use this test to compare scores and in conjunction with symptoms, will determine when they can safely return to play. This test is a tool we use, but not the deciding factor for head injuries.
Visiting Teams to
South Kitsap High School
The following is provided to coaches and AT's of visiting teams to inform you of the services and supplies we will offer while you are guests at South Kitsap High School.
On-site Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainers
Head Athletic Trainer
Chris Hiatt, MS, LAT, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jeff Spaulding, LAT, ATC
SKHS Athletic Training Room Location:
The South Kitsap Athletic Training room is located in the gym foyer across from the main gym. The athletic training room will be open upon arrival of your team and the Certified Athletic Trainers are more than happy to offer assistance to any athlete as long as you bring your own supplies. If you cannot find a Certified Athletic Trainer, an athletic medicine student aide should be able to help you track them down.
Visiting Teams Expectations:
It should be noted that all visiting teams should come with the following:
- Their own medical kit
- Emergency Information
- Water bottles or cups (as we do not provide either to visiting teams)
- Water and ice will be provided.
Medical Services and Supplies Offered
Athletic Training Room
- A South Kitsap High School Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) will be available to help care for and supervise athletes.
- Visiting Student-Athletes should COME with their own taping supplies.
The following equipment is located in the training room for use with permission of an school's LAT:
- Cryotherapy (ice)
- Thermal Therapy (heat)
- Electrical Stimulation
SOUTH KITSAP ATHLETIC MEDICINE
The objective of the Athletic Training Program is to provide the highest level of service to the student-athletes at South Kitsap High School. This includes the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries as well as helping to direct the nutritional, physiological, and psychological needs of the student-athlete. The care provided by the Athletic Trainer will be delivered with objectivity and a conscientious blend of concern for the healing of the athlete's body and mind.
The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), with the consultation and direction of physicians, is an integral part of the health care system associated with physical activity and sports. The Athletic Trainers at South Kitsap High School have the full responsibility for the operational procedures of the athletic training room. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
- Immediate and Emergency Care
- Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
- Treatment and Rehabilitation
- Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being
Athletic Medicine Student Aides (ATSAs) have varying responsibilities depending on their skill level and progression through the program. All athletic medicine student aides are directly responsible to the ATCs and are required to stay within the established limitations of their level clinical skill competency.
The athletic training room is open approximately 60 minutes before and closes 30-45 minutes after every practice/game. This should allow your son/daughter plenty of time to shower, dress and complete their treatment. All athletes who are injured and come to the athletic training room will need to complete a treatment at that time if instructed. Your son/daughter will also have verbal instructions regarding what he/she can do at home to aid or expedite the healing process.
INJURIES AND CARE
While participating in athletics it is our objective to keep each and every athlete safe. Even with the inherent risks of participating in a sport, sometimes injuries happen. If your child sustains an injury while participating in a SKHS-sponsored sport, it is in their best interest to visit the Athletic Training Room (room 251, across from the main gym) before seeing a doctor* to receive an evaluation and care. I can act as an advocate for your child, while potentially saving you time and money from a doctor's visit. This can also prevent missed participation time for the athlete.
*If there is a life-threatening condition, or if your child's injury concerns you, do not hesitate to get them care. You have the right to seek medical care however you see fit for your child.
AS BY WIAA RULES: IN ORDER TO PLAY, YOUR DAUGHTER/SON MUST HAVE A NOTE WHENEVER THEY CONSULT WITH A PHYSICIAN; THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: MEDICAL DOCTORS, DENTISTS, ORTHODONTISTS, EYE DOCTORS, CHIROPRACTORS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, NURSE PRACTITIONERS OR OTHERS THAT YOU HAVE SEEN FOR ANY MEDICAL CONDITION OR CHECK-UP. THIS IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE ATC'S, COACHES, AND SCHOOL FROM ALLOWING A PLAYER TO PLAY WHO HAS BEEN TOLD TO NOT PARTICIPATE.
IF A NOTE DOES NOT ACCOMPANY YOUR SON/DAUGHTER BACK TO PRACTICE, HE/SHE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICES OR GAMES, AND NO TREATMENTS WILL BE ADMINISTERED UNTIL A COMPLETE NOTE IS OBTAINED. IT IS THE ATHLETES' AND PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITY TO GATHER THE COMPLETED NOTE. ALL NOTES MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT RECOMMENDED, IF THE ATC CAN ADMINISTER THE TREATMENT, FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS NEEDED AND WHEN THE ATHLETE MAY RETURN TO HIS/HER SPORT.
Any note not including these will be treated as no note received and the athlete will not participate until a complete note is handed in. As by WIAA rules: return to play can only those licensed to perform physical examinations include a Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Physician's Assistant (PA), and Naturopathic Physician. The ATC and team doctor still reserve the right to not allow a player to participate if, in their judgment, it might make the condition worse or cause further injury.
The Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) or athletic medicine student aides will complete any type of preventive taping after doing rehabilitation. No athlete will be allowed to tape him/herself, or have parents/friends tape them. If your son/daughter needs to be in a brace, he/she needs to check with the ATC before participating in and/or purchasing these items. Many braces on the market do not comply with high school rules and could endanger the student athlete, other players or officials. The ATC's have a number of different options for you to choose if this needs to be an option to care for your son/daughter.
South Kitsap High School is compliance with RCW 28A.600.190 (Zackery Lystedt law: If a suspected concussion happens while participating in SKHS athletes, the Athletic Trainers and/or Coaches will evaluate the student-athlete and communicate to the parents and may deem it necessary to see a medical professional for a more in depth evaluation). Athletes who have experienced a concussion can display a wide variety of symptoms. Although the classic symptoms of loss of consciousness, confusion, memory loss, and/or balance problems may be present in some athletes with mild traumatic brain injury, there may or may not be obvious signs that a concussion has occurred. ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES THAT HAVE BEEN ASSESSED TO HAVE A CONCUSSION BY LICENSED ATHELTIC TRAINER OR COACH MUST SEE A PHYSICIAN.
ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES WHO HAVE BEEN EVALUATED AND ASSESSED WITH A CONCUSSION MUST GO THROUGH THE “RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES”, EVEN IF CLEARED BY A PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO STARTING THE RTP GUIDELINES.
We will attempt to communicate as much as possible with every injury we encounter. But just know that not all injuries are severe enough to warrant a note or phone call home. In the event we feel your child should be referred to a doctor or other healthcare practitioner, we will send them home with a referral form. It must be completed by either an MD or DO only (WIAA 17.11) and also signed by you (HIPAA privacy law).
If your son/daughter needs emergency medication during sports, he/she need to make sure that the ATC responsible for the sport is aware of this and that they have a spare to leave with the team's medical kit. Student-Athletes must also have a “Medication at School” form on file at school to have medications during athletics. Examples of products they may leave are Epi-Pens, Inhalers, Insulin Kits, Disposable Contacts, etc. These can be found in the main office or on-line. If your son/daughter is highly allergic to any foods or has any other medical problems, please make sure that you have talked to the ATC about these as soon as possible and it is listed on their yellow card.
WRESTLING – SKIN
Wrestlers need a special type of note for skin conditions. South Kitsap High School will error on the side of caution with all skin conditions as we see these as a preventable hazard that we do not want to pass to our own, or other teams' wrestlers. A NFHS Skin Conditions Form will need to be filled out if a skin condition is suspected. If a wrestler is discovered to have a skin condition during a weigh-in, they are automatically out for that match or tournament. Under no circumstances will a wrestler be able to go to an Urgent Care facility to obtain a note to get back into the match or tournament. These notes must be on the state officials form. No other note will be accepted.
The South Kitsap Athletic Medicine Program has a number of medical professionals who come into the athletic training room or accept phone calls from us. Our team doctor is listed below. If an appointment is needed, we can help with scheduling to get your daughter/son in sooner.
Dr. Dawson Brown WestSound Orthopedics 360-698-6630
We have a physical therapist that volunteers his time on most Wednesdays to help with evaluations and rehabilitation of injured athletes
John Carlson, PT Kitsap Physical Therapy 360-895-9090
We hope this may help to clear up any communication errors before they become problems. The intention of the Athletic Medicine Department is to allow as many students as possible to have a safe and memorable experience in high school athletics. We look forward to a safe and fun time while your child participates in athletics. Do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Have a Great Season!
Chris Hiatt, LAT, ATC
Jeff Spaulding, LAT, ATC
Relay for Life Relay for Life has been held at South Kitsap High School since beginning in Port Orchard. The Athletic Medicine Club has participated every year by donating all profits from the Latte stand and donations collected by our team.
Secretary/Treasurer- ASB Representatives-
Winter Leadership Conference:
Every winter, the South Kitsap Athletic Medicine club participates in the WCTSMA winter leadership conference. All of the high schools in Washington with sports medicine programs are invited to take part in this conference. At this conference we have guest speakers followed by a rotation of activities including a relay race titled “The Sports Medicine Olympics” where students must complete a series of sports medicine related activities, such as taping. The activities, also, include icebreaker and team work activities.
South Kitsap School District Athletics Mission
The coaches and advisors of all activities must assume a major role in the development of the youth under their charge. Their mission is to develop leaders, foster cooperation, and personally model outstanding sportsmanship for emulation by students engaged in activities.
SK Athletics - (360) 874-5731