EAST LIVERPOOL - River Valley Health Partners has reached an agreement with the East Liverpool, Beaver Local, Wellsville, Southern and Lisbon school districts to provide athletic trainers.
The athletic trainers will attend all sporting events, and will monitor the health of student-athletes as they participate
"The athletic trainers involved in the care of your children are focused on their health," Mike Persohn, director of Athletic Training and Sport Medicine for River Valley, said. "As an injury occurs, they have received training to be a first responder. They can help to diagnose injuries and recommend methods of treatment.
Pictured (from left) are Maria Boyd, director of Sports Medicine; athletic trainers Katelin Hawthorne (Southern) and Sarah Young (Lisbon); Mike Persohn, manager of athletic trainers and sports medicine; and trainers Alexis Thrasher (Wellsville) and Megan Campbell (East Liverpool). (Submitted Photo)
"They are also directly involved in the care and recovery of your child's injury. Their objective is to help the athlete return to their sports program as quickly as possible through proper treatment."
The athletic trainers also will offer programs during the offseason to improve strength, endurance and speed of the student-athletes, Persohn added.
River Valley athletic trainers are part of an integrated health system and are aligned with the medical professionals.
"RVHP medical professionals and the area doctors that we work with are progressive in their approach to the treatment of injuries and medicine," said Ken Cochran, CEO of River Valley. "We realize it's not fun watching from the sidelines, and we are working hand-in-hand across services to provide parents and coaches with confidence about the athlete's health by treating local children as if they were our own kids. Our direct involvement with the schools has created a circle of care that starts at the school and ends with the child ready to participate."
In addition, the Therapy Center offers area schools a nationally-recognized concussion program called Head Impact testing. The service is offered at no cost to local high school athletes, and it is a useful tool in diagnosing when the player is ready to return to light workouts and full contact activities.