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Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital celebrates National Athletic Training Month by recognizing the many excellent Athletic Trainers that serve the patients of Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine.
“Athletic trainers are an integral part of our Sports Medicine Team at Nationwide Children's Hospital. On the playing field or court, they act as our ‘eyes and ears,’ keeping the athletes safe and healthy. They see these kids on a daily basis, know their personalities and the situation surrounding the injury and are in the best position to objectively progress them back to sport post injury.”
-Thomas L. Pommering DO., Medical Director of Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Nationwide Children’s Hospital currently provides Athletic Training services to ten Central Ohio high schools as well as Ohio Dominican University. Our Certified Athletic Trainers work closely with student athletes at all levels in both the school and clinical setting. In honor of National Athletic Training Month, we asked our athletes to tell us about a time where their athletic trainer has “had their back.”
I first met Kelsey McGuff in July of 2013 when she became the new athletic trainer at Liberty Union High School. On October 4, 2013 we were scheduled to play a regular season football game against a new league rival. The game quickly became violent and throughout the game I took several vicious hits. At the end of the game, we shook hands with the other team and returned to the locker room to get changed into our street clothes to celebrate the victory. This, however, would not be the case for me that night. I took two steps into the locker room and collapsed onto the floor. My hands started to seize up and feeling throughout my body was starting to go away. Kelsey had known something was wrong with me by the way I was acting throughout the game. During the event she continually monitored me; when I fell she was right there. Kelsey talked to me like a friend that night, walking me through each step of what was going on and what was going to happen next.
I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s to be evaluated. When all of the tests were done, I was diagnosed with a concussion. Once friends and family members were permitted into my room, to my surprise there was Kelsey at the end of my hospital bed. If I am not mistaken, not every Athletic Trainer would drive 45 minutes to see how their athlete was doing. From this point on, I knew that Kelsey had my back through anything.
After my concussion, I knew that no matter what I could count on and trust Kelsey. For someone to take time and drive that far to see someone means a great deal to me, and I am sure many more people feel this way. Kelsey is an astonishing, incredible, and spectacular athletic trainer that is devoted to her job. I know every athlete at our school that has either spoken or worked with Kelsey is impressed with her skill sets and her caring nature for all of us student athletes. I am grateful to have an Athletic Trainer like Kelsey McGuff to have my back in any situation!
Adam Snyder, 17
Liberty Union High School