For the first time, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane has contracted to provide training services to three Spokane public high schools: Rogers, North Central and Shadle Park High School.
The complimentary services were introduced to the three high schools in mid-February. Jan Collins, who manages athletic training programs for St. Luke’s, had been looking to add athletic training services for student athletes since exploring sports medicine and collaborating closely with Providence St. Joseph Health.
If a high school student is injured in a practice or game, a physician will ensure that the injury is stabilized. Once the injury is stabilized, the physician and trainer will work together and come up with a plan for injury management. If the student does not need urgent care, the athletic trainer will collaborate with the student’s primary care provider to come up with a plan on the next steps of care.
Athletic trainers at St. Luke’s focus on sports injury prevention by teaching strengthening, flexibility and mobility skills to high school students.
“Our goal is to keep athletes healthy and at peak performance,” says Heidi Jibby, St. Luke’s director of rehabilitation services.