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Certified athletic trainers placed in local high schools

Leigh Ann Caldwell

Health Matters

Certified athletic trainers work full time in Lincoln County high schools thanks to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln (CMC-Lincoln).  Athletic trainers are currently at North Lincoln High School, Lincolnton High School and Lincoln Charter located in Denver.  They typically are the first healthcare provider on the scene when injuries occur.

Athletic trainers are educated and trained to recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed.

They are responsible for the prevention, care, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

They direct their efforts to protect the health and safety of student athletes in all sports.

Athletic trainers tend to a variety of acute and chronic injuries.

They also educate coaches and athletes on prevention and proper care of injuries while performing rehabilitation on injuries in order to get the athletes back to their game as soon as possible.

This action comes after a growing concern nationwide about athletic injuries especially concussions and sudden cardiac deaths among young athletes.

When injured, students are provided with computer-based testing which offers a baseline measurement and follow up assessment before being cleared to return to play.

The best way to care for athletic injuries is achieved through a comprehensive approach that includes care from both physicians and athletic trainers.  Athletic trainers are able to team up and use the resources of Carolinas HealthCare System including CMC Orthopedics and Urgent Cares, Primary Care Physicians and CMC-Lincoln Rehabilitation.

This partnership allows athletic trainers to provide several other comprehensive sports medicine programs such as Carolinas Concussion Network and Heart of a Champion Day.

Heart of a Champion Day provides participating high school athletes with a general medical evaluation, an orthopedic exam and two heart tests checking for conditions which could lead to sudden cardiac death.

These screenings are free of charge to participating school athletes.  Lincoln County will host its 2nd Heart of a Champion Day this summer.

Certified athletic trainers hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited program.  Athletic trainers are required to pursue continuing education classes in order to maintain their certification.

This certification is awarded by the Board of Certification, Inc after successful completion of a Board Exam.  Athletic trainers, practicing in North Carolina, are also licensed by the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners (NCBATE).

Leigh Ann Caldwell is a certified athletic trainer working with Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln.


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