As the fall high school sports season kicks off, Indian Lake, Benjamin Logan and Bellefontaine City Schools will benefit from Mary Rutan Hospital providing athletic training services for their student athletes at no cost to the schools. Mary Rutan Hospital will be the official sports medicine provider for each school and will provide athletic training coverage for the school’s athletic programs, as well as access to the hospital’s sports medicine, concussion clinic, orthopedic and comprehensive therapy services. This expansion of services equals more than a $150,000 contribution of services to area schools.
Mary Rutan Hospital’s athletic training service program began in 2013 with two area schools. At that time, funding was done through a 50/50 cost sharing of salary and benefits for each trainer. Mary Rutan Foundation provided funding through a grant to each school district to assist in the cost reduction for the schools.
Reduced operating budgets and limited resources at rural and small school districts nation-wide make it difficult for schools to fund athletic training service for their sports programs. Area schools shared this concern and lack of financial resources to fund a cost share program. The Hospital has a clear understanding of the importance of these athletic training services for the safety of Logan County’s student athletes. Mary Rutan Hospital made the decision to allocated addition financial resources and recruit athletic trainers and orthopedic specialist to provide needed services to all area high schools. This past winter, Mary Rutan Hospital officials met with local athletic directors and school administrators to offer free athletic training services to Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem Schools for the 2015/2016 school year.
“As the sole community hospital we work hard to provide quality services to meet the health and wellness needs of our community through convenient, easy access of care,” said Tammy Allison, VP community relations. “We are committed to this program and hope to grow our program and eventually provide support to all Logan County schools in the coming years”, said Ms. Allison.
Mary Rutan Hospital’s certified and licensed athletic trainers will provide game and practice coverage and are onsite to provide immediate attention when a student athlete is injured. The trainer will provide initial injury assessment and first aid, establish rehabilitation programs for injured athletes, apply protective taping and padding and counsel athletes in areas such as nutrition and conditioning. It is also the responsibility of the athletic trainer to determine if an injured athlete may continue to participate in their sport and when they will be allowed to return to participation or whether need to be referred for additional therapy services or an orthopedic specialist. This determination is done in conjunction with the parents, coaches and the athlete’s primary care physician. They will also provide guidance and assistance to coaches during preseason conditioning and throughout the season.
Benjamin Logan High School has provided an athletic trainer for their student athletes for several years that had a shared role as educator and trainer. This partnership with Mary Rutan Hospital will allow full-time coverage for Benjamin Logan student athletes through a partnership with Benjamin Logan long time trainer, Chris Bair.
For more information about Mary Rutan Hospital Sports Medicine Program and Athletic Training Services call 937-593-0822.
Submitted by Mary Rutan Hospital.