Hardin Memorial Hospital began it's Sports Medicine Program in April 2006 so that area high schools could have access to certified athletic trainers. We are proud to now have contracts to provide sports medicine coverage for eight area high schools - Central Hardin, Elizabethtown, John Hardin, LaRue County, Meade County, North Hardin Christian, and North Hardin. Our multi-disciplinary team understands sports injury management. We work with physicians to decrease pain, restore function and increase flexibility and strength.
There is a great need for Certified Athletic Trainers at the high school level. A study completed by the American Medical Association shows how important it is for high school athletes to have daily access to a Certified Athletic Trainer. The data shows that ONE out of every FIVE student athletes who participate in high school sports will suffer a sports-related injury each year and 60% of those occur during practice. The American Medical Association goes on to state:
"The Board of Education and the Department of Health of
individual states should encourage that an adequate Athletic Medicine Unit be established in every school that mounts a sports program. That the Athletic Medicine Unit should consist of a physician and an athletic health coordinator (preferably a NATABOC certified athletic trainer”) Policy H-470.995."
The Certified Athletic Trainers also consult with area high school coaches on ways to reduce the number of injuries, educate coaches on different methods for taping and bracing, and provide evaluations and treatment of sports related injuries.
Our goal is to get the athlete back in action. If you would like to talk to one of our Certified Athletic Trainers please call (270) 737-PLAY (7529).
What is a Certified Athletic Trainer? What is the educational background of a Certified Athletic Trainer?Certified Athletic Trainers: The important link (pdf)
Sports Medicine Brochure