N.C. – Feb. 14, 2018 – Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center has partnered with Wilkes
County Schools and Lexington City Schools to provide certified athletic
trainers (ATCs) at high schools in both school districts.
outlined in both agreements, the ATCs will be employed by Wake Forest Baptist,
with one assigned to Lexington Senior High School and four others assigned to
the four public high schools in Wilkes County that have athletic programs: East
Wilkes, North Wilkes, West Wilkes and Wilkes Central.
Forest Baptist has a long history of caring for people in both Wilkes County
and Lexington and helping them to improve their health,” said Kevin P. High, M.D.,
president of Wake Forest Baptist Health. “We continue to be a leader in the
field of sports medicine, pediatric trauma and concussion research, so these
partnerships come naturally. They allow us to further extend our mission and
expertise to the student athletes and their families who will benefit from these
school systems recognized Wake Forest Baptist’s expertise in sports medicine
treatment and injury prevention education as the perfect fit to provide
certified athletic trainer programs.
are so excited about what this means for our school system and our student
athletes,” said Chris Skabo, director of athletics and healthful living for
Wilkes County Schools. “We want people to associate our school system with
excellence, and we feel this relationship with Wake Forest Baptist helps us
with that mission.”
ATC at Lexington Senior High School is already in place and working with the
student athletes, and Wake Forest Baptist is currently in the process of hiring
the four ATCs for Wilkes County Schools.
“Our partnership with Wake Forest Baptist is another example of their unwavering support and commitment to our schools and community,” said Ronnie Beverly, athletic director at
Lexington Senior High School. “They have truly put their resources where their heart is!”
addition to the five ATCs, Wake Forest Baptist will provide management, support
services, and additional personnel to each program including a coordinator, a
medical director and team physicians.
Forest Baptist will also develop concussion programs tailored to meet the needs
of the high schools, and which will comply with all applicable laws governing
treatment of concussions, including the Gfeller-Waller
Concussion Awareness Act.
minimum, the concussion programs will provide all high school student athletes
with pre-season, baseline testing and additional testing if a concussion is
sustained or suspected.
2016, Wake Forest Baptist announced a similar partnership with
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to provide athletic training services at
all 12 high schools in the school system.
initial agreements with all three school systems run through June 30, 2020.