Summit High School Athletic Training
What is an Athletic Trainer?
From the National Athletic Trainers’ Association website:“Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.”
Vail Summit orthopedics and Avalanche Physical therapy have provided Certified Athletic Trainers to Summit High School for the past 15+ years. Unlike most providers, the approach of this program is to provide a full-time ATC whose sole mission and only priority is to the students of Summit High School.
ATC and MD Coverage at Games
VSO and APT will continue to provide coverage to home games and travel (within reason) to away games. Dr. Matthew Gnirke serves as the Team Physician and with the help of the the staff are able to provide coverage at home athletic events with a focus on high impact sports such as football, rugby and hockey.
All Doctor Visits
Any student-athlete that is seen by a physician must return with documentation to be given to the Athletic Trainer. The documentation must include a return to play or clearance date and be signed by the physician. The documentation must also include an injury diagnosis and therapeutic recommendations for the student-athlete. No student-athlete is allowed to return to practice or games until documentation from the physician is received