Certified Athletic Trainers
Highpoint Health’s certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are licensed healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. All of our licensed athletic trainers are also licensed physical therapy assistants (PTAs).
Athletic Trainer Outreach Program
Highpoint Health provides area high schools with ATCs throughout the school year. Our ATCs work in collaboration with the program’s medical director, Ronald Auer, MD, and the program’s concussion medical director, James Hahn, MD.
Dr. Auer’s participation is made possible through a collaborative agreement between Highpoint Health and OrthoCincy. Dr. Hahn’s participation is made possible through a collaborative agreement between Highpoint Health and St. Elizabeth.
ATCs duties include:
• preventing, evaluating and rehabilitating injuries
• applying protective taping,
• coordinating physician referrals,
• monitoring weather conditions like cold, heat, humidity, storms, etc.,
• managing concussion protocols,
• assisting with offseason strength and conditioning; and more.
Safe Sports School Award
This past year, Highpoint Health’s ATCs were recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for helping the sports programs at five area high schools (Milan, Rising Sun, South Dearborn, South Ripley, and Switzerland County) earn the “Safe Sports School Award.” For a school to receive this three-year certification, their athletic department must fulfill a specific list of requirements including creating a comprehensive athletic healthcare administrative system, providing and coordinating pre-participation physical exams, promoting safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities, developing injury and illness prevention strategies, and creating venue-specific emergency plans, to name just a few things.