Sucre E. Woodley, MHSA
Director, Marketing & Guest Relations
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSTON – (March 20, 2013)
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers Kick off National Athletic Trainer Month with ImPACT Baseline Testing in Area Schools
As March Spotlights the Important Role Athletic Trainers Play in Sports Health, the Methodist Willowbrook Athletic Trainers Educate Community on their Broad Role in Health Care
The Athletic Trainers (AT) of the Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook kick off National Athletic Trainer Month by educating students and parents on the signs of a concussion and the importance of ImPACT Baseline Concussion testing for athletes - conducting baseline testing on school campuses.
Providing athletic training services to organized sports clubs and area schools, the group of certified athletic trainers brings nearly 100 years of combined experience in athletic training to Methodist Willowbrook - providing a broad range of services in the overall healthcare of athletes and the everyday active.
“We spend a lot of our time educating coaches, players and parents on proper training, how to assess an injury and deciding when it’s okay to return to play. We also serve as liaisons within the community - connecting needs, providing consult and serving as ‘physician facilitators,’” said Mike Pace, ATC, LAT.
The Methodist athletic trainers work closely with the board certified primary care sports medicine team, the orthopedic and sports medicine specialists and the rehabilitation therapists to launch high school sports physicals, weekend injury clinics, and educational seminars throughout the year.
“The athletic trainers are integral in providing a safe environment for athletic competition, working as first responders and coordinating care in emergency situations and rehabilitating injured athletes. They wear a lot of hats, work long hours, are extremely dedicated - and an essential part of my orthopedic practice,” said Dr. John Seaberg, orthopedic sports medicine specialist.
Pace, who retired as Head Athletic Trainer for Spring ISD and currently serves on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Sports Medicine Committee, is part of the group’s outreach effort - which also includes traveling with sports teams to provide care on the road.
The Methodist Willowbrook athletic trainers also include Keith Jahn, LAT, Paula Douglas, LAT, and Dwight Adsit ATC, LAT. Each athletic trainer is members of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, the Texas State Athletic trainers Association and the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers Association.
They also have extensive experience in the secondary school setting, elite and national club youth teams and Olympic and international event coverage.
“The athletic trainers are an incredible asset and more valuable to us than most people realize. They are ambassadors for our group and my practice - providing a high level of service to the athletes and schools in our community, which reflects well on the hospital and our group overall,” said Dr. Bruce Moseley, orthopedic sports medicine specialist at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
“They help refer injured or ailing athletes and provide us with valuable insight into the athletic community through their outreach efforts and community relationships,” added Dr. Moseley, who has served as the team physician for the Houston Rockets, the Houston Comets, and the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic Basketball “Dream Teams.”
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. It encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, as well as acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.
Unlike personal trainers, certified athletic trainers must graduate with a Bachelors or Masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and successfully complete a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. They must meet ongoing continuing education requirements to retain certification.
Other upcoming community outreach programs organized by the athletic trainers include Physicals for the local school districts until mid May, an Ultimate Frisbee competition in May - with hundreds of high school teams gathering at The Farm League on Stuebner Airline, and a 350-team national girls soccer tournament May 31 through June 2.
To learn more about athletic training outreach efforts in your area or an upcoming sports health event, call 281.737.2120. To learn more about Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine call 281.737.0999, or visit www.methodistorthopedics.com. Check us out on Facebook .
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith-based hospital, which is part of The Methodist Hospital System. The facility opened on December 18, 2000. The campus has expanded in Northwest Houston to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the community.