Lacrosse Injury Prevention: High School Students Receive Sports Medicine And Injury Prevention Training At Seattle Public Schools Providing Additional Assistance To Athletic Trainers


Ballard High student Tamsyn Palmesano helps injured lacrosse player Amanda Bryan on Thursday. A sports medicine class gives Palmesano real-world training.

Ballard High student Tamsyn Palmesano helps injured lacrosse player Amanda Bryan on Thursday. A sports medicine class gives Palmesano real-world training.

The lacrosse player who rushed into the athletic trainer’s room Thursday afternoon at Ballard High School was a little panicked: She had just under five minutes to get her sore wrist taped up and get out onto the field.

With certified athletic trainer Loka Murphy already occupied, junior Tamsyn Palmesano calmly stepped in, taped up the girl’s wrist and sent her on her way with a minute to spare.

Ballard’s sports medicine program and similar ones at Chief Sealth and West Seattle high schools are still in the early stages, but district officials hope to build a two-year track that will prepare students for sports medicine careers by studying subjects such as anatomy, medical terminology and injury prevention.

 

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A year ago, Palmesano wouldn’t have been as confident in her ability to help treat the daily parade of students who come by looking for relief from minor injuries, aches and pains. But this is her third semester as a student in Murphy’s sports medicine classes, and she’s already received her Medic First Aid and CPR certification.
“Being in the training room is different than being in the classroom,” she said.

“You have to get the taping jobs right, get your terminology down … it’s really hands-on. But Loka’s always there to help you out if you need it.”

Ballard’s sports medicine program and similar ones at Chief Sealth and West Seattle high schools are still in the early stages, but district officials hope to build a two-year track that will prepare students for sports medicine careers by studying subjects such as anatomy, medical terminology and injury prevention.

Students can earn both high school and college credit for the courses, as well as pick up professional certifications and training in first aid, CPR and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Real-world experiences like Palmesano is getting are also an important part of the curriculum, said Roxanne Trees, a Seattle Public Schools career and technical education specialist who is helping develop the district’s sports medicine program.

“Teaching students to apply their knowledge as early as possible is going to help them meet these (challenges) that are ahead of them,” she said. “And students want more applied learning. … We link it to students’ futures so that it’s real for them, and I think they really do learn better.”

At Ballard, Murphy gives students a taste of what an athletic trainer’s job is like by inviting them to shadow him as he works at school sporting events. He also allows students in his advanced classes to help fellow students who come in to have their sore elbows iced, ankles wrapped or calves massaged in the school’s athletic training room after school.

“When they come in, I put them to work,” he jokes.

For student-athletes who have taken Murphy’s classes, the experience is particularly valuable. Senior Michael Tran, who runs for the track and cross-country teams, boosted his training regimen this year and had shin splints.

“Before Loka’s class, I didn’t know what to do. I just ran through it,” he said. Now, he said, he understands overtraining can exacerbate his injuries, and (reluctantly) he takes time off to rest and heal.

Seattle Children’s hospital, which contracts with Seattle Public Schools to provide part-time athletic trainers at the district’s high schools, has helped pay some of the startup costs, and a representative sits on the advisory board that oversees the district’s sports medicine programs.

The schools get about $1,500 a year for supplies, which at Ballard is supplemented by grants from the school’s foundation.

Still, with the district facing a projected budget shortfall next year, Murphy is kicking around the idea of organizing a 5K fundraising run in Ballard in May to help sustain the program. He grows animated when talking about the race, and about his ideas for next year’s classes.

Eventually, he hopes Seattle’s sports medicine program will be as well respected as those at other schools in the state, such as South Kitsap High.

But for now, Murphy said, “it’s just fun watching it grow.”

 

 

 

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