I want to convince my school board that intermediate / middle school athletes need full time athletic training services. Injury evaluation, rehab plans, concussion management, proper handling of physical forms, injury prevention through proper weight training. These are most of the points I have, but one of the topics that matters most to the district is cost and liability.
I have heard Dave Ramsey say that the person with the most knowledge and patience will usually win the negotiations. This is our source of knowledge, and we basically have until I retire so patience may not be a factor either.
Scott Galloway leads the DeSoto Sports Medicine team where they currently have 7 staff athletic trainers. You can read his bio and see all the things he has accomplished in Athletic Training, but basically he is a politician in Athletic Training form.
David and I agree, we are most passionate about our student athletic trainer programs. That is the part of the job we want to do better than anything else. Luckily for both of us we have co-workers who can balance us out.
David Young has been winning awards with his student Athletic Trainers for about 4 years now. They also have 4 full time Athletic Trainers on staff. We spoke with them previously on episode 126 Concussion Protocol and mTBI
Dr. Jacob Resch is doing some pioneering research focusing on balance issues and concussions. One of their test sites is DeSoto High School where the Sports Medicine team, lead by David Young, is leading the way in the secondary setting with concussion research studies and protocol management.