Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CMS adding certified athletic trainers to all high schools

Over the next five years, each high school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will get a certified athletic trainer on campus.

CMS announced a five-year agreement with Carolinas Health Care to bring the trainers, who will be Carolinas Health Care employees, to the schools campuses. Each one will be nationally certified and state licensed as is part of a joint effort between both parties to address recent national concerns about athletic injuries, particularly concussions in football and sudden cardiac arrests.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for us to ensure that our student-athletes are receiving the best care while they take part in sports,” said CMS Supt. Peter Gorman. “We are very fortunate to have Carolinas Medical Center and Carolinas Healthcare Systems as partners, and we thank them for helping us keep athletics safe for participants.”

This year, trainers will be added at Berry, East Mecklenburg and South Mecklenburg. Additional trainers will be added each year until 2015, when all CMS high schools will have one.

In addition to the trainers, all schools will get a new dietary and health and wellness program, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator training, a 24-hour sports medicine nurse hotline, sports medicine web site and a quarterly newsletter.

This is not the first partnership between CMS and Carolinas Health Care.

Heart of a Champion Day, begun in 2008, screens more than 1,000 CMS student athletes annually. The free screenings include a general medical evaluation, orthopedic exam and two heart tests to check for conditions that could lead to sudden cardiac death.

CHS’ Sports Medicine Department and Carolinas Rehabilitation jointly operate the Carolinas Concussion Network, which monitors brain injuries, provides treatment and tests athletes before they are allowed to resume competition.

Concussion Network programs include a research study using wireless sensors in football helmets that record the force of impacts during football games. The data is transmitted to a sideline computer in real time. Also, athletes in all sports who have sustained a concussion are given a computer-based test that measures cognitive function before being cleared to play.


Anonymous said...

This is AWESOME. Christy Harris from Ortho Carolina has been on the sidelines with West Charlotte for several years. Her services are contracted from Ortho Carolina. She is amazing and is great with our student athletes. I hope we can keep her or get someone jsut as good. She knows the kids, their injuries and this is a great comfort for parents and coaches!!!