Athletic Trainer: Ange Lyons ATC, CSCS
Ange is a graduate of Plymouth State College with a bachelor’s in Athletic Training. She became certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and obtained her State of NH License to practice athletic training in 2000. A year later she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ange has spent the last 15 years servicing high school athletes, helping them get healthy and reach their athletic potential. She lives in Milford with her Husband John, and two daughters Laci and Lea.
Contact her: Office: 603-673-4201 ext3603 Cell: 603-801-5051 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletic Trainers are educated to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. At the high school setting, athletic trainers provide immediate care preventing unnecessary emergency room visits. An athletic trainer can determine if an injury is safe to continue to playing with and provide taping or bracing to allow an athlete to play safely. When an injury is deemed unsafe to continue to play, the athletic trainer can determine if the injury needs emergency care, referral to a physician or whether it needs a few days rest and can offer treatment and exercises to help the athlete return to the field faster.
What should my child do if an injury occurs?
An athlete should see the athletic trainer the day the injury occurs. If the injury occurs at an away contest, the athlete should report to the athletic trainer the next day. It is advised that the athlete see the athletic trainer prior to seeing a physician unless the injury requires emergency services. Paperwork can be filled out by the athletic trainer to give to the physician that can enable an open communication between medical staff that will improve follow-up care. This can ensure the athlete is doing what he/she needs to be doing for that particular injury and not return back to sports too soon. Any athlete that is seen by a doctor must provide to the athletic trainer a written note from that doctor stating when they were seen, what the injury is, and when they can return to sports.
Returning to Play Following an Injury
- A physician must provide written clearance to return if an athlete was seen by a physician.
- The athletic trainer will have final clearance decision and can overrule a physician if the athlete cannot complete proper functional testing for their sport. Athletic trainers can provide more rigorous testing than what can be accomplished in a doctor’s office.
- Those returning from a concussion must complete the Concussion Protocol