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Healthy Roster is a concussion and sports injury communication platform. We not only help you track who suffered a concussion but also ensure all parties involved with the youth athlete receive proper communication about the injury and recover process. Our virtual athletic trainer app provides parents of youth athletes with instant access to athletic trainers.

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Private High Schools Lagging

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Why are we allowing our children to play sports without proper medical coverage? It's a question many parents who have children playing sports at private high schools have to ask more than parents who have kids playing sports at public high schools. 

A recent article in NATA's Journal of Athletic Training, stated that there is a greater percentage of public secondary schools (37%) than private secondary schools (28%) that offer athletic training services to its’ athletes.

According to the study, only 58 percent of private secondary schools provide some amount of athletic training services, compared to 70 percent for public schools. As athletic participation increased for a 25th consecutive year, so has the number of athletic injuries – making the presence of an athletic trainer in the school setting more important than ever.

So why are private high schools lagging behind their public high school peers? Unfortunately, the answers are not conclusive, but it seems to be a mix of budget and school size. Here are the breakdown of responses as to why the school is unable to provide Athletic Training support:

As injuries and deaths continue to occur in the secondary school setting, organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA) and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) continue to endorse and support the hiring of ATs to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths related to sport participation and physical activity.

Obviously, Healthy Roster is focused on helping high schools bring more Athletic Trainer support to their schools and sidelines. But the real way to change the proportion of high school AT support is through parents communicating with their school's athletic directors. Talk to your AD's. Let them know it's no longer an option or luxury to have a dedicated Athletic Trainer on the sidelines. Your child's health is too important!

- Rob Mottice, Director of Customer Success

NFL Athletic Trainer Initiative

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This Sunday, millions gathered to watch the Super Bowl (am I allowed to call it that?) with family and friends. As one of the biggest sporting events in the world, it drew millions of watchers hoping to see a great game – or at least some entertaining commercials.

Over the last couple of years, the NFL teamed up with the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) to create the Athletic Trainer Initiative. Their goal is to award funding to 150 under-served high schools in America by placing AT’s in their sports programs – giving over 160,000 youth athletes access to a certified AT.

According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, “We are proud of the important work that athletic trainers do on the sidelines and in training facilities nationwide. We look forward to testing this pilot program as part of our effort to increase access to athletic trainers in local communities and improve sports safety for many more young athletes.”

Our mission at Healthy Roster is the same – to give coaches, parents and athletes access to an AT when they may not be physically present. We're working hard to make a difference in the lives of athletes! 

- Rob Mottice, Director of Customer Success

Meet Our Medical Advisory Board

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Tuesday was a big day for us here at Healthy Roster. We held the very first meeting of our Medical Advisory Board. We invited people from different areas of the healthcare landscape so we could gather a diverse range of opinions when it came to our company and the platform we're building.

We are fortunate to have the following people on our Medical Advisory Board:

- Chip Hubbs, CEO, Memorial Health

- Dr. Greg Bellisari, Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic One

- Dr. Jason Dapore, Primary Care Physician, Ohio Health

- Bill Davis, Sports Medicine Director, OhioHealth

- Julie Brough, ATC, University Hospitals

We covered a number of topics, but we really focused on the following three areas:

  1. EHR/EMR Integration: Connecting to the health system's main EHR was incredibly important to everyone. With the amount of money invested in EPIC, Cerner and other EHR's, it's no longer OK to leave Sports Medicine outside of these systems. 
     
  2. Engaging Parents: Creating a relationship with parents is one of the main reasons hospitals commit to outreach. By inviting parents to Healthy Roster, you not only increase the communication around injuries, you can also communicate with parents who's kids aren't injured. 
     
  3. Easy Documentation: The overall consensus was that current documentation systems for Sports Medicine are not user friendly. They make the Athletic Trainer's life harder as keeping up with documentation - especially in the high school setting - very difficult and stressful.

Healthy Roster is committing to developing our platform to excel in these three areas. We've spent a considerable amount of time making sure we can now integrate Healthy Roster with over 25 EHR's. We're currently developing our marketing tools so you can have push notification and in-app messaging available before next school year. And we're going to continue to build out what we consider the best sports medicine injury tracking and communication platform on the market today.

We'll be meeting with our Medical Advisory Board twice a year to make sure we stay on top of the issues that matter most to your orthopedic/sports medicine departments. 

55% of all high schools...

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..lack a full-time athletic trainer (and we think that has to change)!

No piece of technology can effectively eliminate concussions or other serious injuries from occurring all together in sports. However, studies do show that injuries can be significantly reduced when an athlete has full-time access to an athletic trainer. Armed with this knowledge, consider the fact that only 55 percent of athletes at public secondary schools have access to a full-time trainer (according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association). 

Healthy Roster was created, in part, to eliminate this staggering shortfall. Because many schools simply lack the financial means to provide full-time trainers, we decided to build a system that not only provides the communication a full-time trainer usually handles, but also connects parents directly to on-call athletic trainers.

Our goals are simple: Ensure everyone involved with a student athlete communicates effectively and every youth athlete has access to an Athletic Trainer.

Our research not only confirmed that many schools have insufficient athletic training coverage, but also that there is a significant breakdown in communication between the coaches, trainers, parents, and league administrators. At Healthy Roster, we not only help you track who suffered a concussion but also ensure all parties involved with the youth athlete receive proper communication about the injury and recovery process.  

We found many examples through our research where a concussion was recognized by a parent, coach, or trainer but not all three of those parties were aware of the diagnosis at the same time if at all. 

That has to stop and we think our system can be an important piece of the solution.

Bottom line: Kids are safer when their coaches and parents have sufficient medical resources and communication tools.