Everyone is accustomed to seeing Big Walnut High School Athletic Trainer Lori Siegel on the sidelines during home games. She’s on the clock, but she hopes she doesn’t have to put her talents to work; she wants every game to be injury free. But when the occasion presents itself, Siegel is prepared for just about anything. Injuries of almost any type and severity are all in a day’s work for Siegel.
Everyone understands that the Big Walnut Local School District is growing. As student populations increase, athletic programs follow suit, and the District’s Athletic Trainer’s attention is stretched thin. Siegel can often be seen at the high school in an electric golf cart moving between sports, and there is a growing need for athletic trainer services at Big Walnut Middle School.
During last Thursday evening’s Big Walnut Board of Education meeting, Board members approved a motion that would add a second athletic trainer to the District’s Athletic Department.
District Superintendent Angie Pollock said the added Athletic Trainer is part of a three-year contract extension with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Department.
“We’ve been trying for some time to get a second Athletic Trainer,” Pollock said. “The added services of one more trainer will be good for our student athletes; and the contract extension, with the added Athletic Trainer, does not have a cost increase.”
Pollock said Nationwide Children’s wanted a 10-year contract, but the District did not feel comfortable with any contract that long.
Pollock also said the District appreciates the efforts of high school Athletic Director Brian Shelton in negotiating the Nationwide Children’s contract extension.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Department now has eight locations serving Central Ohio, two locations convenient for Big Walnut athletes.
Nationwide Children’s athletic trainers are members of the National Athletic Trainers Association. The NATA supports 35,000 members employed in professional sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, corporate settings, and military branches. Athletic Trainers provide prevention of injuries; recognition, evaluation and aggressive treatment; rehabilitation; healthcare administration; and education and guidance.
The Certified Athletic Trainer field is growing, with more Athletic Trainers going into nontraditional settings like NASA, dance, and industrial settings.
For additional information about the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Department go to < nationwidechildrens.org/sports-medicine >.