Ashley County Medical Center’s Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Skip MacDonald
hosted “ Train the Trainers” at ACMC. Train the Trainers was
a four session course teaching athletic training skills to 14 high school
students from both Hamburg and Crossett schools.
Dr. MacDonald says both schools have a need for student trainers since
they do not have certified athletic trainers. Having student trainers
helps take a burden off of coaches, not having to worry about trying to
do both, coach and be a trainer.
Students in the course learned the basics of athletic injuries and how
to recognize them; from skin infections and ligament injuries, to heat
injures, and concussions. The ethics of being a healthcare provider and
HIPPA guidelines were also taught. All student trainers will be held under
Tyler Hickman, a sophomore at Hamburg High School, knew right away that
he was interested in the student trainer course. “As an injured
athlete I want to be able to help my brothers on Friday nights. Also,
I want to be a physical therapist and like helping others.” Felicity
Fisher, sophomore at Crossett High School, had similar reasons to participate.
“ I want to pursue a career in physical therapy, so doing this program
is extra practice for me to accomplish my goals,” explains Fisher.
All fourteen students in the student trainer course passed a very demanding
exam at the end of the course. Students should be able to recognize what
they are looking for when injuries occur and feel comfortable assisting
on the sidelines. Dr. MacDonald is impressed with the comradery from the
two schools by accepting these student trainers on the sidelines and in
the field house.
Fisher is excited she is able to give back to her school. “ I have
the opportunity to help make sure our athletes get the best care and treatment
possible,” explains Fisher.
Both Hamburg and Crossett Schools have taken this program seriously and
see the need for their student athletes. Dr. MacDonald is on sideline
for all of Crossett’s home football games, and Jacob Dorman, Physical
Therapist at ACMC, is on the sideline for all of Hamburg’s home
“I really enjoyed working with these exceptional students. They were
enthusiastic and grasped some rather advanced medical concepts. I am excited
to watch this program mature. It is a cynosure of the results that can
be realized when segments of the community join together to solve an apparently
unsolvable problem,” says Dr. MacDonald.