Rebels Athletic Training
Kate Wilks, LAT, ATC
Kate Wilks (previously Fischer) has been the Head Athletic Trainer for South Kingstown High School Athletics Department since 2016. She is also the Manager of Athletic Training Services for University Orthopedics. Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Quinnipiac University. Kate has experience working with teams in many different settings, including Division I Women’s Ice Hockey, Men’s Soccer, Softball, and Men’s Lacrosse at Quinnipiac University; Yale University Football; Gymnastics and Men’s Basketball at University of Bridgeport; and Assumption College Football.
Regular Office Hours
Treatment hours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the SKHS athletic training room 2:15 - 4:00pm
Sports coverage after 4:00pm
Athletic Training Room Location
The Athletic Training Room is located inside South Kingstown High School, directly to the right of the gymnasium entrance.
215 Columbia Street, Wakefield, RI 02879
who are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic trainers are highly qualified healthcare professionals. We collaborate with sports medicine physicians to provide medical care for athletes in many areas of clinical practice including prevention, immediate and emergency care, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning.
How can Athletic trainers help the student athletes of skhs?
At South Kingstown High School, our athletic trainer is responsible for the health care of all student athletes.
Sports medicine experts across the U.S. have noticed an alarming trend in “professional-level” injuries among young athletes. The number of youth injuries is reaching epidemic proportions and young athletes are experiencing overuse injuries at younger and younger ages.
Injuries impact young athletes in the short term but often lead to long-term consequences. Having proper preventive measures such as pre-participation physicals, stretching, cross-training, hydration, nutrition, and open communication about pain among all participants (coaches, athletes, parents, and healthcare providers) can help aid recovery and avoid long-term consequences. We make it a priority to address this injury trend through prevention as well as appropriate evidence-based treatment methods for their student athletes at all levels of care.
Our objective is to help the teen athlete mature into adulthood without the development of long-term sports ailments.
Who athletic trainers are not:
An athletic trainer is not a personal trainer or a coach. Our main purpose is not to teach people how to lift weights or get in shape, or to run practice. Although strength and conditioning is part of our knowledge set, it is not our primary responsibility.
We are allied health professionals.