National Athletic Training Month

Posted by YSD Stories Account on 3/14/2019

March is National Athletic Training Month, and we would like to take the opportunity to provide the public with some more information about athletic trainers.  Athletic trainers are an integral component of maintaining the health and safety of the student athletes in our Yakima School District high schools.  Eisenhower and Davis are in the minority of schools in the state of Washington to be fortunate enough to have 2 athletic trainers who are working to provide care to our athletes.

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states’ statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 

Athletic trainers are well educated in concussion evaluation and management, sudden cardiac arrest, emergency action planning, CPR/First Aid, and many other critical skills that are important to providing the highest level of care.  All athletic trainers have a bachelor’s degree and many have a Master’s degree or higher, and participated in extensive hours of clinical work during their athletic training program, as well as passed a national boards certification exam to obtain their certification.  In the state of Washington, Athletic Trainers are licensed through the department of health and must obtain 25 continuing education units per year to maintain their certification.

At Eisenhower High School, the two athletic trainers are Kelsie McKimmy and Josh Holliday.  Kelsie has been an athletic trainer for 11 years and obtained her athletic training degree from Washington State University, and also has her Master’s degree in Sports Psychology and Doctorate degree in Health Psychology.  Kelsie has been at Eisenhower High School for 3 years, and also teaches the sports medicine program.  Josh has been an athletic trainer for 8 years and obtained his athletic training degree from Whitworth University, and his Master’s degree in Sports Medicine at Utah State University.  Josh has been at Eisenhower High School for 5 years, and he is the instructor for the Physical Therapy Technician program at YV-Tech.

At Davis High School, the two athletic trainers are Chris Balm and Noel Cisneros.  Chris has been an athletic trainer for 21 years and obtained his athletic training degree from Central Washington University.  Chris has been at Davis High School for 20 years as both the athletic trainer and the sports medicine instructor.  Noel has been an athletic trainer for 15 years and obtained his athletic training degree from Central Washington University.  Noel has been an athletic trainer at Davis High School for 4 years and has been a teacher in the PE department for 16 years.

If you are looking for more information or resources regarding athletic training, injury prevention, or athlete safety, be sure to check out www.atyourownrisk.org

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