Each school to have trainer in 2012

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Ev­ery year there seems to be a dev­as­tat­ing in­ci­dent ex­claim­ing the dan­gers of in­ter­scholas­tic sports to par­ents of stu­dent ath­letes.

As the 2012-13 sea­son ap­proaches, the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter have reached a part­ner­ship to work on lim­it­ing those dan­gers, as an­nounced at Tues­day’s School Board meet­ing. The New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter ap­proached the school board, Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Gary Mathews, its mem­bers and head football coaches about a pos­si­ble way to bring train­ers to the fields of New­ton County.

In the past New­ton County schools had to sup­ply their own train­ers at their own ex­pense, now New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter has agreed to pro­vide this ser­vice at no cost to the school sys­tem.

“For years NCSS ad­min­is­tra­tors, coaches and ath­letic di­rec­tors have viewed a cer­ti­fied ath­letic trainer pro­gram as a much needed ad­di­tion to our ath­letic pro­gram” said Mathews in a memo to the school board. “The dis­trict is for­tu­nate to have been ap­proached by hospi­tal (CEO) Mr. Wead­ick in ref­er­ence to this plan to pro­vide a full-time cer­ti­fied ath­letic trainer to each of our three high schools who will pro­vide med­i­cal cov­er­age for sports prac­tices, games and tour­na­ments.”

The pro­gram will be headed up by team physi­cian Dr. Reneé Ri­ley. Ri­ley is an or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon, who has earned an or­tho­pe­dic sports medicine fel­low­ship from the Amer­i­can Sports Medicine In­sti­tute in

Birm­ing­ham, Ala.

A cer­ti­fied trainer will now be on hand at each football game, both home and away to main­tain the health of Al­covy, New­ton and East­side’s ath­letes. Other de­tails about the part­ner­ship were fur­ther de­tailed in Dr. Mathews memo. the school sys­tem will be Dr. Reneé Ri­ley. Of course, there is no obli­ga­tion to be treated by Ri­ley. How­ever, there are some ad­van­tages to us­ing the team physi­cian such as: an open line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the trainer and Ri­ley re­gard­ing the injured ath­lete, the treat­ment re­quired and re­turn to play time. This will al­low coaches to be aware of these crit­i­cal is­sues, so that they can plan ac­cord­ingly.

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