The Sports Medicine Department is dedicated toward providing safe, effective, high-quality health care for the student athlete with a focus on accurate diagnosis and treatment grounded in evidence-based foundations. This is achieved through accessibility to athletic trainers, appropriate referral, restoration and improvement of health and well-being, enhancement of student athlete performance and the implementation of collaborative preventative measures.
Athletic trainers are allied health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize student participation in athletics.
Athletic trainers are educated and trained in injury and illness prevention strategies that focus on optimizing health to improve an individual’s quality of life. Athletic trainers are the only health care professionals whose expertise in prevention ranges from minor sprains to catastrophic head and neck injuries, and from minor illnesses to exertional heat syndrome. Nutrition and wellness also play an integral role in the athletic trainers’ work in preventing injury and illness. Athletic trainers recognize when consultation with other health care providers is necessary and refer accordingly.The Kinkaid School Sports Medicine Department is staffed by state licensed and nationally certified athletic trainers.
In the event of a medical emergency, athletic trainers are on-site for athletics events and most practices. Emergency action plans [EAP] are posted at each venue. There are AEDs wall-mounted in the hall across from Melcher Gym and on the North wall of the concessions stand at Barnhart Stadium and the athletic trainers have two mobile AEDs.
In the event an athletic trainer is unavailable, Kinkaid coaches are always currently certified in CPR and are knowledgeable of appropriate emergency procedures.