Everyone is accustomed to seeing Big Walnut High School Athletic Trainers Lori Holmes and Ryan Ingley on the sidelines during home games.
They’re on the clock, but they hope they don’t have to put their talents to work. They want every game to be injury-free, but when the occasion presents itself, Holmes and Ingley are prepared for just about anything. Injuries of almost any type and severity are all in a day’s work for Certified Athletic Trainers.
Holmes and Ingley are employed full-time by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Sports Medicine Department, and serve as Athletic Trainers for all Big Walnut athletics – high school and middle school. Throughout the year, between sports seasons and in the summertime, they work at the Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic.
During the Wednesday, March 15, Sunbury Village Council meeting, Council President Dave Miller presented Holmes and Ingley with a mayoral proclamation recognizing their efforts, and the efforts of athletic trainers everywhere, as part of National Athletic Trainer’s Month.
Ingley thanked council members for their support of National Athletic Trainer’s Month.
“The National Athletic Trainer’s Association represents and supports 44,000 members of the athletic training profession employed in many settings, including professional sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, corporate and industrial settings, performing arts, and military branches,” Ingley said. “As Certified Athletic Trainers, we strive to provide the best possible care as we are a part of the student-athlete’s medical care team.”
Holmes said with more sports being played at the high school and middle school levels, and many students competing year-round, sometimes playing the same sport and sometimes different sports, there are more and different sports injuries than in past years, including overuse injuries.
“Athletic trainers are the first line of defense for keeping student-athletes healthy,” Holmes said. “Once an injured athlete has seen a physician, we’re here to help with the rehabilitation of injuries. That’s the part I like most about being an athletic trainer, rehabilitation — getting kids back on the field or court and playing the sports they love.”
Holmes said Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Department has eight locations serving central Ohio, two locations convenient for Big Walnut athletes. She also said that athletic trainers provide a host of services to student-athletes, including injury prevention; recognition, evaluation, and aggressive treatment of injuries; rehabilitation; healthcare administration; and continuing education and guidance.
Holmes also noted that the Certified Athletic Trainer field is growing, with more athletic trainers going into nontraditional settings like NASA, dance, and industrial settings.
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