Health Care in High School Athletics

Written by admin on February 15, 2013 – 2:02 pm -

Within high school athletics there is an inherent risk for injury. On some days parents may be present, but on many occasions coaches are tasked with injury management and coaching simultaneously. To relieve some of the stress of this dual responsibility, and ensure proper medical care for high school athletes many schools employee Certified Athletic Trainers.

Certified Athletic Trainers are not to be confused with strength and conditioning coaches, or personal trainers, but are health care professionals. While working under the direction of a physician they are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, immediate care, and rehabilitation of many injuries and medical conditions.

Certified Athletic Trainers also may work in industrial settings, physician’s offices, physical therapy centers, hospitals, colleges/ universities, professional sports, performing arts, wellness centers/ gyms, the military, or other public service organizations such as fire/ police departments.

So whether it is a fracture, a sprain, tendonitis, muscle cramps/ spasms, a contusion, or even asthma, diabetes, or heat illness (etc), “Every Body Needs An Athletic Trainer”.

Mary Sult is a certified and licensed (NC) athletic trainer at Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina (OSNC). Mary regularly provides outreach services to Bunn High School (Bunn, NC). OSNC’s Sports Medicine staff also works with other schools and sports organizations in Franklin, Granville, Wake, and Vance counties. For more information please visit

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