Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals, who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete healthcare team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletic
administrators, coaches and parents.
Certified athletic trainers are highly educated. They acquire a bachelor’s or a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in athletic training, sports medicine, pre-medical sciences, kinesiology, exercise physiology, biology, exercise science or physical education. In addition, they study human anatomy, human physiology, bio-mechanics, pharmacology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and psychology/ counseling. Through the use of proper evaluation and rehabilitation, athletic trainers help prevent re-injury and assist in returning an athlete to competition quickly and safely.
Recognizing the need and importance of having well trained health care professionals available to local high school athletic teams, Precision Orthopaedic Specialties, Inc. (“Precision”) and Geauga Sports Medicine began providing athletic training services to Geauga county schools. Spearheaded by Dr. Michael Kellis, certified athletic trainers were in place at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School, Berkshire High School and Newbury High School, beginning in 1991. Over the past 15 years, Precision has provided athletic training services for Chardon High School, Cardinal High School, West Geauga High School, Brooklyn High School (Parma), Ledgemont High School and Grand Valley High School. Working closely with Precision physicians, our athletic trainers form an important link in the proper management of athletic injuries, ensuring an athlete’s safe return to activity.