Each year millions of students across the United States participate in interscholastic athletic competition and each year tens of thousands of them suffer an injury that prevents them from participating in practices and/or athletic contests for their school. While athletic healthcare is commonplace in professional and collegiate athletics, most high school student-athletes across the nation are still not afforded even the most rudimentary of athletic healthcare services.
Lexington Christian Academy, in partnership with Bluegrass Orthopaedics, has made a moral and financial commitment to the student-athletes of LCA by providing for the establishment of the LCA Sports Medicine Program. Since 2000, the sports medicine program has grown into a program of excellence, combining quality medical care from numerous local doctors and therapists. The LCA Sports Medicine program consists of two nationally and state certified athletic trainers, graduate athletic trainer(s), multiple affiliated team physicians and numerous team therapists. In addition, the program maintains affiliations local EMS and many local allied health care providers and specialists.
Athletic trainers are highly educated and skilled allied health care professionals specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care providers, athletic trainers function as integral members of the athletic health care team within the school setting. Athletic Trainers are required by their national certifying body (NATA Board of Certification) and the state of Kentucky to maintain their skills through Continuing Educations Requirements or they lose their authority to practice.
Athletic Trainers in Kentucky are certified through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and licensed by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. These bodies require that individuals take extensive written and oral examinations testing their skills in five domains of athletic training after completing a university course of studies leading to a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.
All Athletic Trainers are expected to be competent in the following:
Risk management & injury prevention
Pathology of injuries and illnesses
Assessment & evaluation
Acute care of injury and illness
General medical conditions & disabilities
Nutritional aspects of injury & illness
Psychosocial intervention & referral
Health care administration
Professional development & responsibility
The entire LCA Sports Medicine Staff is committed to providing the best possible athletic health care to students participating in athletics at LCA. In addition, we are also committed to reducing the cost of health care to our student-athletes by providing as many services as possible in house in our athletic training room. Since 2000, over a half-million dollars in medical services have been provided to LCA student-athletes free of charge.
We are only able to do our job successfully when we have the full cooperation and support of the parents of our student-athletes. We would like to thank you for all that you mean to us, and your level of commitment to your children here at LCA.