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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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August Athletic Trainer of the Month - Shannon Drew

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We're excited to announce our August, 2017 AT of the Month:

Shannon Drew

Head Athletic Trainer
Cate School

As the Head Athletic Trainer at the Cate School, a college preparatory boarding school in Southern California, Shannon Drew is in charge of keeping 275 students in 22 varsity teams and many JV teams safe every day. A New York native, Shannon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Physical Therapy from Elmira College and her Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Seton Hall University.

At the Cate School, Shannon oversees two physical therapists and one athletic trainer and works closely with the school’s medical director and orthopedic surgeons. She also serves as a dorm head in one of the underclassmen dorms and was awarded the Circumspice Fellowship for her achievement in diverse commitments.

While at Seton Hall, Shannon earned multiple awards including Excellence in Research and Excellence in Clinical Experience. In 2010, she presented a two-year-long group research project at the National Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting.

Healthy Roster Director of Customer Success Rob Mottice is impressed with Shannon’s in-depth use of the platform:

“As the Cate School’s lead athletic trainer, she utilizes almost every feature that is available to track, monitor and communicate her student’s health. As a result of her relying on Healthy Roster’s features, Shannon has provided valuable feedback that has helped our platform grow and evolve - benefitting all who use Healthy Roster.”

To hear from Shannon herself about her experiences in the athletic training field, check out her responses below:


Why did you become an Athletic Trainer/Sports Medicine Director?

Long story short, I injured my wrist in high school and didn't have an athletic trainer in my high school so I saw my primary care. They took an X-ray and prescribed PT. I went on to play field hockey in college and when my athletic trainer evaluated it, he referred me to our team Orthopedist who diagnosed me with a scaphoid non-union. I was so frustrated that it was missed and ended up requiring surgery. After working with my athletic trainers rehabbing my wrist, I started work I with them for my work study job and got hooked! I knew going into college that I loved science and medicine, helping people and athletics, so the field was a perfect match.


Without sharing any Patient Health Information, what is your most memorable moment as an Athletic Trainer?

Watching a student's time back on the court after a significant tibia-fibula fracture dislocation. I was so proud of their hard work in rehab, determination and fearlessness.


What advice would you give others, either currently in the profession or considering becoming an Athletic Trainer?

Have fun and keep your sense of humor. There will be hard days and frustrating times but if the athletes see you loving what you do, it builds their confidence and makes their struggle seem a bit easier to swallow. And don't be afraid to admit when you don't know - use your resources (doctors, ATs, PTs, etc)!


What do you feel people outside of your profession should know about your profession?

We are qualified medical professionals and we are great resources for our athletes - both for their injuries and for their doctors for further insight into what is going on with an athlete.


What is the key to being successful in the world of athletic training and sports medicine?


#1 Balance. Balance is something I'm admittedly still working on. It's hard to leave our work at the office, especially when things aren't going how you would like.  And #2 is being a lifelong learner. Our field changes so rapidly that staying on top of those changes is important. And it goes back to using your resources and learning from experiences and the people around you and especially what didn't go well.

 

July Athletic Trainer of the Month - Kenny Wilka

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We're excited to introduce you to our first AT of the Month post! This is our chance to highlight some of the great Athletic Trainers using Healthy Roster.

Today, let us introduce you to our July AT of the Month:

Kenny Wilka

Sports Med Director
UW Parkside

Currently serving as Sports Medicine Director at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenny Wilka received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sport Science - Athletic Training from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska in 1999 and his Masters of Education in Curriculum Development from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin in 2004.

Since joining the UW-Parkside staff in 2009, Kenny has been influential in overhauling the sports medicine department, including developing drug and concussion testing protocols, helping design the new Strength and Conditioning Center and doubling the size of the athletic training staff. Kenny is also active in the Wisconsin Athletic Trainer’s Association, having served as Southeast Regional Representative, President-Elect and President. He is also a recipient of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association Distinguished Service Award.

Described by Healthy Roster’s Director of Customer Success Rob Mottice as a “power user,” Kenny has fully engaged his student athletes with Healthy Roster, utilizing a multitude of our features including tracking physicals and other mandatory athlete documentation with our recently updated Forms section and boasting an adoption rate of 97 percent.

We asked Kenny about his experiences and advice as an athletic trainer and are excited to share his responses:


Why did you become an Athletic Trainer/Sports Medicine Director?

Athletic Training brought two of my passions together, sports and helping others. There is a physicality and intellectual component to this profession that makes me feel accomplished at the end of the day.


Without sharing any Patient Health Information, what is your most memorable moment as an Athletic Trainer?

Every time one of my athletes returns from injury is memorable. There are three athletes over the past 15 plus years that have battled through several significant injuries that brought a smile to my face and worry to my heart when they returned to full participation.


What advice would you give others, either currently in the profession or considering becoming an Athletic Trainer?

When I speak to athletic training students and young professionals I always start off with, “the athletic training profession requires passion.” I explain when deciding to become an athletic trainer, passion is very important because there will be long hours, emotional drain and a moderate salary. Long hours is self-explanatory, except that we typically work early in the morning or late into the night. Emotional drain: as an athletic trainer you build relationships/bonds with your athletes. Empathy is needed when working with athletes going through the stress of injury and recovery. Athletic trainers experience some of the athlete’s emotional ups and downs. In terms of moderate salary, I explain you will not become wealthy as an athletic trainer, but you will be able to support a family.  If you think athletic training is cool or an entry profession, you should look for a different path, you will burn out within 3-5 years.


What do you feel people outside of your profession should know about your profession?

We are healthcare professionals who care for the health and safety of our athletes, your sons or daughters.  Athletic trainers are skilled individuals who work to prevent, evaluate, manage and rehabilitate injuries.


What is the key to being successful in the world of athletic training and sports medicine?

Balance between your personal life and professional life.  It is ok to say no and it’s ok to go home. Never stop learning, seek out knowledge.

 

Athletic Trainer of the Month

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As a company dedicated to building software/apps for Athletic Trainers and sports medicine departments, we feel strongly that there's a need to highlight our AT's and their impact on our athletes and communities. In recognition of these hard-working, certified professionals, we'd like to share with you at least one profile a month. 

Our featured Athletic Trainers will be people using Healthy Roster that we get to know. It's by no means a definitive list of the best AT's, but rather just a way of tipping our cap to people we know who are working hard every day to take care of athletes everywhere.

If you'd like to nominate someone, please reach out to us through the contact us page - we'd love to hear about them and connect!

 

 

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