Friday, June 6, 2014

Athletic trainers missing in most Md. high schools

COLLEGE PARK —- Just four of Maryland’s 24 public school districts have athletic trainers working full-time with student athletes in all high schools, recent calls conducted by Capital News Service reveal.
That means thousands of student athletes throughout the state are participating in practices and games without a licensed health care professional on hand for emergency medical situations. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association estimates there are almost 114,000 student-athletes from 199 public schools participating in roughly 24 sports every year.
It’s a case of the “haves and have nots,” said Gina Palermo, Howard County athletic trainer and chairwoman of the Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer Committee of the Maryland Athletic Trainers Association. “You’re saying that this group is OK [for public school districts to spend money on], but this group isn’t,” she said.
Anne Arundel, Caroline, Somerset and Worcester counties have full-time athletic trainers in all high schools for the 2013-2014 school year.

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