Wake Forest Baptist Health has partnered with Yadkin County Schools to provide certified athletic trainers (ATCs) at Forbush and Starmount high schools.
The two ATCs are employed by Wake Forest Baptist, with one assigned to each high school.
In addition, Wake Forest Baptist provides management, support services and additional personnel to each program including a coordinator, a medical director and team physicians.
“For many years, people in Yadkin County have trusted us with their health care needs, so this partnership comes naturally,” said Christopher Ina, M.A., ATC, Wake Forest Baptist’s manager of athletic training services. “We are pleased that Yadkin County Schools recognizes Wake Forest Baptist’s expertise in sports medicine treatment and injury prevention education as the perfect fit to provide these services to their high school student athletes.”
Wake Forest Baptist is also developing concussion programs tailored to meet the needs of the high schools, which will comply with all applicable laws governing treatment of concussions, including the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act.
At a minimum, the concussion programs will provide all high school student athletes with pre-season, baseline testing and additional testing if a concussion is sustained or suspected.
“We are excited about the partnership between Yadkin County Schools and Wake Forest Baptist,” said Todd Martin, superintendent of Yadkin County Schools. “We know this will be of great benefit to our student athletes, our coaching staffs and our high schools. We appreciate Wake Forest Baptist’s efforts to provide us with certified athletic trainers.”
Wake Forest Baptist provides sports medicine services to a number of area professional sports teams, universities and school systems, including the Winston-Salem Dash, High Point Rockers, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Wilkes County Schools, Lexington High School and several Guilford County high schools.